Dr. Sarah Conover is at the
forefront of human genetics and on the verge of a historic
breakthrough by being the first to clone a human being.
Her headstrong pursuit is met with strong opposition from
her supervisor, Brad Renslow, who questions the social
ramifications of human cloning.
Under the microscopic scrutiny of a government review team,
Sarah anxiously awaits final approval to proceed from the company
Sarah acknowledges to the throng of media that she is not playing
the role of God, but improving upon Him.
For Sarah, the advancement of genetic technology ultimately
leads to healthier and better lives and will allow infertile
parents to have children.
Fearing the possibility that Sarah will proceed without
authorization, Brad assigns a bio-ethicist, Monica, to weigh the
moral and ethical implications.
The ease and eagerness with which Sarah demonstrates the
initial steps of the cloning process causes Monica to question
Sarahís motives and intentions.
Sarah argues that Albert Einstein, her idol whom she did
her PhD thesis on, would have championed her scientific endeavors.
Monica offers a different picture of the pioneering
scientist with an account of his final moments with Andrew and
Faced with his own impending death, Einstein was more eager to
appreciate the beauty that God created than artificially prolong
his own life.
Monicaís story is interrupted by the arrival of the
candidates for Sarahís project.
After hearing the tragic tale of an infertile couple
seeking to clone their daughter who passed away, Monica questions
her ability to discover the truth of the matter.
Monica tries to emphasize to Sarah the tremendous
responsibility she will take on if she clones a child.
Sarah misinterprets Monicaís advice and decides that she is
the perfect choice and will use her frozen sample of Einsteinís
DNA to give birth to her son.
Sarah is elated with the decision, convinced that her son
will have the best of everything, a loving mother and the genius
The news that other scientists will start the cloning
process in a week pressures Sarah to proceed without
After evading security, Sarah locks herself in her
laboratory, ready to begin.
Monica warns Sarah that she has not considered the
long-term consequences, just like Einstein, and will suffer just
as he did.
Monica describes how Einstein met a survivor of the Hiroshima
bombing, Mr. Aramaki.
The gardenerís account of the infamous day painfully
reminded Einstein how his discovery of relativity regretfully
became the blueprint for the atomic bomb.
Monica reveals herself as an angel to Sarah and allows her
to witness the bombing of Hiroshima on August 6, 1945.
The frightful experience causes Sarah to reconsider what
she is doing.
Monica tells Sarah that only God creates life and that He
is in a constant state of creation.
Suddenly, the cherry blossoms from a tree outside whirl
inside the laboratory and transform into a beautiful new angel.
As Monica and the new angel depart, Monica reminds Sarah
that she is a child of God and will always be loved by Him and she
will be a wonderful mother one day.
With a renewed hope for the future, Sarah tearfully removes
the genetic material and disposes it.