SAN FRANCISCO, 1927––In a ramshackle garret workshop on the wrong side of town, a self-educated young inventor toils late into the rainy night on a mysterious invention he hopes will one day change the world. But what Philo Farnsworth and his enigmatic protector see on the world's first television receiver will instead propel them into the shadows of a nightmarish underworld of blind assassins and alien brainwashers... for, as they will soon learn, television was already changing the world long before humans "invented" it.