It is a simple tale about Klara, an 'Artificial Friend' - a humanoid robot with consciousness. Due to a lack of knowledge and understanding about people and the world, she subscribes to some endearing primitive beliefs, much like early humans did thousands of years ago. There are some underlying themes about pollution and human behaviour in the book that do not really come through for me. The book is a pleasant read but I would have preferred it to be a little more realistic. For example, we get some intriguing hints about Klara's vision but what the reader and Klara discover about her internal structure at a crucial stage in the book is plain ridiculous.