Beth Carter lives in black and white, unable to experience emotions because of a conditioncalled primary alexithymia. But when Dr. Steven Molstad implants a small device in her brain, Beth's world explodes into brilliant color. For the first time in her life, she can truly feel love, happiness and even fear. Beth is thrilled by the transformation, by her feelings of friendship for Molstad's assistant Joan Garrison and her attraction to Joan's landlord Kevin Flynn -- but there are some troubling signs. Beth begins to hear strange voices. She is abducted by aliens only to find herself back in the hospital. Is her brain rebelling at the sudden flow of emotions or is Molstad's implant defective? Or is something more sinister going on?