A man on a 19th-century sea voyage a slave who saves his life. A gay musician apprentices himself to a renowned composer. A woman unearths corruption in a seemingly benign corporation. A book agent who has bugged his brother one too many times is committed to a dictatorial nursing home against his will. A clone becomes self-actualized and realizes the grim fate awaiting her fellow clones, and two very different people in the distant future seek escape from a dying planet. These six different story lines interconnect, though they take place many years apart from each other and in different locations. The same themes run through each story as ordinary citizens work to counteract oppression and create a better world for their fellow human beings.