How is artificial love different from the love one human can have for another? And if a robot truly could love a human, what responsibility would that human have towards the robot? That's some of the poins which the short story is all about.

Because of the overpopulation people like Monica and Henry can’t have their own children, instead they have David, who really just is a robot who is programmed to love Monica, just like a “normal” child would love its own mom. Monica has a hard time trying to love him back. (page 1, line 19) “She had tried to love him.”

The story leads up to a lot of hard questions fx “can you really love a robot, like your own son?” “can you have real feelings for a machine?” And what is it like to live in an overpopulated world?