Ulysses Adair has spent his entire life afflicted by The Syndrome. As a result, his childhood has been spent in the modern equivalent of a Plastic Bubble. Almost every experience he's had has been through Virtual Reality. Uly is a frail child who must be kept in sterile surroundings, needs constant medical care, and has pronounced difficulty breathing. He is a bright kid, precocious in his own way, and (like his mother) extremely well educated. When Uly arrives on Earth 2, his life -- and health -- are changed dramatically. He is able to breath and to run in the grass for the first time. His newfound health will be a positive reminder of why we journeyed to this new world.