Ira Levin also wrote:Plot introductionBackstoryThe story is set in a seemingly perfect global society whose genesis remains vague. "hrist! ar#! $ood and $ei led us to this perfect day" is what school children learn to chant.%niformity is the defining feature& there is only one language and all ethnic groups have been eugenically merged into one race called "The 'amily". There are only four personal names for men! and four corresponding names for women. Instead of surnames! individuals are distinguished by a nine(character alphanumeric code! their nameber. )veryone eats "totalcakes"! drinks "cokes"! wears e#actly the same thing and is satisfied ( every day.The world is ruled by a central computer called %niomp which has been programmed to keep every single human on the surface of the earth in check. People are continually drugged by means of regular in*ections so that they can never reali+e their potential as humans! but will remain satisfied and cooperative "'amily members". They are told where to live! when to eat! whom to marry! when to reproduce! and which *ob they will be trained for. )veryone is assigned a counselor who acts somewhat like a mentor! confessor! and parole agent& violations against ,brothers, and ,sisters, by themselves and others are e#pected to be reported at a weekly confession.)veryone wears a permanent identifying bracelet which interfaces with access points that act as scanners which tell the "'amily members" where they are allowed to go and what they are allowed to do. -t the age of /! every person dies! presumably from an overdose of the treatment li0uids& almost anything in them is poisonous if an e#cess dose is given. 1ow and then! someone dies at 2 or 3! so no one is too suspicious of the regularity. )ven opposition against such a life by those few who happen to be resistant to the drugs!