To fly drones better, a team of scientists study birds and by analyzing their brain waves, they've digitized their thought processes and in the near future we can fly drones like a bird flies.
While hacking the brain, we uncover something. It shows that everything around us has been created by something, some call it the God code. We discover that the planet is in a simulation, a controlled environment, that solar systems are like alien petri dishes. While, many interpret this as proof that their religion is correct and churches become filled again (in the near future, religion is almost dead), the scientists diligently work to discover more.
They find out that whatever made them has died (God, our creator, is dead), but we've been left stuff to advance and help us encounter the true problems of the universe (some nemesis, maybe an alien?)
One idea I've been thinking of is how humans have gone through a series of challenges already. Like, a lot of other species have had runs at dominating planet Earth and, while some had good runs, their lack of intelligence prevented them from a experiencing a planet wide extinction. Or, rather, the life that used to exist, has evolved into something different.
I sometimes think about how legs were evolved so fish-like creatures could exist on land, maybe intelligence evolved so Earth-like creatures can exist in space.
While, being at the top of the food chain might feel like that's all there is, what if we're actually competing against other aliens right now? They're going through the same dominance/intelligence battle that we went through.
So the story could help bring this to light. By discovering our creator is dead, we encounter that life was an experiment, or maybe our creator saw the ending come for her/him and "planted" us just so life could go on...
Maybe our next challenge, is to find our which species, galaxy-wide, is the most competent.
So, instead of this loving figure that's here to solve our problems, instead, it's a harsh emotion-less being that's putting us and other life-forms against each other to decide who should be the next successor to the "throne of the universe", or rather, uncover the secrets of reality.
The fight is necessary like the fighting of survival as fish in the ocean is necessary.
It's part of life. Nature is metal and so are we.