In 2026, Olivia is devastated by a carsurfing accident; a popular Malibu High School student is accidentally injured while on top of her car and her friends are now shunning her. She has no time to make amends because her father's employer, Qenetics, requires them to move to the Central Valley of California. Lonely beyond belief, she meets her new neighbor, Jude, who is captivated by her at first sight.
A stray dog reveals to them that his actual name is Doug, and is in a panic because he has just escaped from Duke's intelligence experiment lab. Doug warns them of Duke's sinister plot to use Qenetics's new anti-flu serum as a cover for creating Homo ingenii, a trusting and highly-intelligent human species. Doug thinks any effort to stop Duke will fail, and would rather not be involved for personal reasons.