The year 2147 is a point in the future where there is practically no animal or plant life on Earth. The world also faces dwindling worldwide air quality. As a result humans are forced to wear face masks to protect themselves from the polluted air.
The Shannon Family lived during this point in the future in the city of Chicago. The government had implemented a campaign, "A Family is Four", to control the increasing overpopulation. Despite the law, the Shannons decided to have a third child, Zoe, and when Population Control Officers searched their home and found her hiding in a wall vent, Jim attacked them and was subsequently given a prison sentence.