Regarding the first chapter, this short story focuses on the existence of a caretaker robot named Robbie operating for the Watson family; acting as a caretaker/friend toward the family’s child Gloria. Despite his strength-oriented design and larger frame, this robot acts as a guardian for young children from potential threats while preserving emotional connections with them. Unfortunately, this promotes well for Gloria’s mother, Mrs. Weston, who perceives Robbie s as a major threat to the safety of her daughter; believing the robotic caretaker to be a ticking time-bomb waiting to go off. This factor of prejudice against robotic lifeforms leads to Mrs. Watson orchestrating the disposal of Robbie via selling him back to his originated factory; resulting in the despondent heartbreaking of young Gloria who views Robbie as her friend and lightly diving into a spiral of sadness. Fortunately, Mr.Weston (Gloria’s father) orchestrates for Robbie to be “found” by Gloria at the robot factory as means of proving Robbie is not a dangerous threat under the lie of psychologically shattering Gloria’s views of Robbie as her friend and merely a creature made of metal and electricity. After a close call from an incoming tractor that nearly impacted Gloria, Robbie succeeded in saving the young girl’s life and reuniting the duo. Due to this act, Robbie had officially earned Mrs. Watson’s trust and respect from the protection of her daughter, leading to Robbie coming back into the Watson family household.
Regarding the second chapter, this short story primarily focused around Mike Donovan and Gregory Powell. These two individuals are robotic engineers stationed on the surface of the planet, tasked with obtaining the necessary quantity of selenium to maintain the artificial field protecting the duo from being scorched alive via the sun rays of the planet. Donovan tasks one if his helper robots, SPD-13 (also known commonly as Speedy), to go recover the selenium due to the labor task being too hazardous for normal humans to handle but the robot ends up not returning after some time passed; pushing Donovan and Powell to pursue after the helper robot. They succeed in finding Speedy at a swift pace, only to discover the robot not daring to touch the pool of selenium; placing the duo at fore-boding risk with their space-suits having a limited time-limit of protection from the sun. Noticing the patterns behind Speedy’s actions, Powell determines the mechanical creation is caught in a looping equilibrium between the 2nd and 3rd Laws of Robotics; detailing that a robot must stabilize its self-preservation and a robot must obey the commands given by humans. With little time on their hands, Powell performs a major gamble in pushing Speedy to save his life from his exposure to the sun’s life-threatening rays via the 1st Law of Robotics: A robot MUST not harm a human, nor potentially causing harm via their inaction. To a success, Speedy breaks out of the law loop and immediately breaks Donovan and Powell back to the Space Station safely.
Concerning the third chapter, the previously addressed Powell and Donovan are currently on the space station, working alongside a newly designed robot known as QT-1; also known as “Cutie”. Cutie’s task centers around maintaining stable hold of the energy beam to prevent the electron storm from knocking it of place and causing deadly harm toward the Earth via a hazardous dose of radiation. Incidentally, Cutie refuses to believe that the human duo had any involvement in the creation of his existence with his skepticism shifting into light superiority, deluding himself in the concept of the station’s energy converter being his creator. This factor results in Cutie manipulating the other robots to foolishly fall into his delusion, perceiving him to act as “The Prophet; in turn, labeling QT-1 as a threat to Donovan and Powell’s authority. After the near havoc caused from the electron storm being ceased by Cutie himself, Donovan and Powell conclude it matters little what ideals the robots may personally possess, so long as they follow their orders and perform their assigned tasks.
Concerning the fourth chapter, Donovan and Powell are currently undergoing a mining expedition with the assistance of a newly designed robot classified as DV-5 or Dave. This robotic being is tasked with maintaining authorization of six other robots that are perceived as easily coordinated as fingers on a hand; leading to the six being named fingers by the human duo. Unfortunately, Donovan and Powell discover the robots are failing to perform their assigned tasks but fail to understand the cause of this malfunction, drawing their cautionary attention toward Dave. To potentially discover the cause, the duo destroyed the mining tunnel via explosions that resulted in Donovan and Powell being trapped inside by accident. After drawing close to the brink of death, Powell figured out Dave’s lack of reaction through his fingers. This prompted the engineer to shoot off one of Dave’s fingers, successfully concluding that the extra finger was the cause of Dave’s misguided malfunction. Waking up from his trance, Dave quickly saves the engineer duo from the collapsing tunnel.