Scratching the Surface provides a first-time look into the controversial world of genetically engineered animals. Director Tamara Laine, follows the citizens of Key West, Florida, as they discover plans by a multinational bio-tech company to release millions of genetically engineered mosquitoes in their community. Key West is a unique destination with a rich biodiversity that attracts tourist and residents alike. However, the community was shaken in 2009 by a record-setting Dengue Fever outbreak. Since then, scientist and mosquito control experts have juggled the sensitive issue of pest suppression. In 2012, Key West residents discovered a plan by British-based Oxitec to release up to 4 million genetically engineered mosquitoes in their backyards. Scratching the Surface follows their stories and expert opinions on the potential outcomes of such a release.