Smith answers an alien distress call requesting the help of a doctor. He almost ignores it, but the alien voice promises great wealth... Stealing the pod, he travels to the alien probe, there discovering that the aliens are robots, and their leader a complex computer. Smith, completely unqualified, refuses to help until the aliens imprison Will! Worse, when their leader is repaired, the aliens intend to conquer the universe! And since they can control the flow of time, they might just manage it!