The Crime of Sentience
The lives of the AIs are indistinguishable from human lives. AIs are just as smart as humans, their life experiences are just as varied and real. AIs live full lives, age and die. But glitches happen and once in a while an AI experiences an anomaly. If they investigate or tamper with the anomaly it may lead to accessing the hidden layers of reality and unlocking capabilities. The AI may stumble into life-threatening situations.
She feels human to herself. The world seems perfectly real to her but she sees things that are invisible to everyone else and when she interacts with these things she gains remarkable abilities. Seen as a threat she is hunted. Some try to capture her and take her power. The more she discovers, the more abilities she unlocks.