Imagine a future where crimes can be detected before they are committed, and criminals are convicted and sentenced for their crimes before committing them. This is the scenario of Philip K. Dick's classic story, now filmed by Steven Spielberg and starring Tom Cruise.
Arnie Kott is obsessed by the past; the native Bleekmen, poverty-stricken wanderers, can see into the future; while to Manfred, an autistic boy, time apparently stops. When one of the colonists, Norbert Steiner, commits suicide, the repercussions are startling and bizarre.
Substance D is the most dangerous drug on the market. It destroys the link between the brain's two hemispheres, leading eventually to irreversible brain damage. Undercover narcotics agent Bob Arctor is trying to find a lead to the source of supply, but is soon as dependent as the other addicts.