I started reading this book the night before. I took it to work yesterday. I returned home and burrowed into the couch, staying up all night, giving up another 'Movies and Mental Illness' event at the hospital to finish the last chapter.
Mason Ambrose, a philosophy graduate student withdraws his final dissertation on moral grounds. Fittingly, he is then hired as a morality teacher for the teenaged Londa, living on the Isla de Sangre, who has a blank slate for a conscience. Soon he discovers that he has not been told the truth about the accident that rendered Londa amnesiac, and it leads to series of startling discoveries.
Mason starts working on thought experiments with Londa, and they are surprisingly successful. Successful enough that after her molecular geneticist mother's death, Londa embarks on an idiosyncratic social justice project, driving her erstwhile concience into despair.
In the words of an Amazon reviewer, it is 'crazy but wildly entertaining mad hatter intellectual joyride of a book.' Highly recommended for students of biology, philosophy, genetics, biotechnology, and all those who love a good read.