There is a clash of cultures and generations within the FBI. But old and young face new kinds of criminal behavior - crimes unimagined in past decades, and tough to solve now. It's the near future - sooner than you might hope - and the war against terrorism is lost, nuclear and biological weapons are in the hands of radicals, abortion clinics are wiped out. And still the threat is escalating. A memory-plague designed to wipe out history's age-old hatreds might be the last act in the story of the modern world. Three agents are finishing their training at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia and this is the challenge facing them.