"The idea was too big for the mind to grasp in all its implications at the first attempt. But when you did get a grip on it, just to let the imagination rove with the possibilities!" Science is on the verge of a revolution. A cutting-edge new replication process is invented, and any matter can be reproduced--Shakespeare's signature, works of art, even . . . a human being? When a brilliant scientist believes that this perfect replication process offers the solution to an excruciating love triangle, the limits of the new technology are tested--and impossible questions of identity and originality threaten to tear apart the best-laid plans of paradise.