The world is on the brink of environmental disaster with the dramatic disappearance of bees. Scientists across the world are frantically researching every avenue to find a solution. Dr. Ashley Applegate, a not-so-scientific scientist, is partnered with the practical Dr. Sibyl Colwell in an investigation of a unique clearing in the forest, where they encounter a single blue turnip flower.
A drifting traveler boards a one-man space shuttle destined for Alpha Centauri. This shuttle is piloted by Budapest, an artificial intelligence program designed to serve humanity.
But when disaster unexpectedly befalls their ship, the two of them are sent careening through uncharted space, left with dire prospects for rescue.