May 30, 1978 was a normal night at Hill AFB in Ogden, Utah, until a UFO requests permission to land. A human girl in her teens and a robot exit the craft, and a strange botanical lifeform is found onboard. The UFO, robot, and suspicious plant are sent to Area 51, where NASA astrobiologist, Gabe Greenley, PhD, is studying this new lifeform. His attempt to take a leaf sample is met with a vehement telepathic objection, indicating the specimen is not only intelligent, but potentially dangerous. He eventually gets his sample and makes an amazing discovery he can never publish due to his security oaths, further compounded by an ethical dilemma that forces a potentially deadly decision.