This is science fiction of enormous scope, filled with wonders, that expands Brian Stableford's ambitious ongoing future history series begun in Inherit the Earth and continued in Architects of Emortality and the Fountains of Youth. It is the 21st century, a world of rapid change and biotech threats and promises. World War III, the biotech war, is on the horizon, and the world as we know it is going to end. The fateful question is, who is going to choose what kind of future comes next, and who gets to live in this new world to come? Lisa Friedman, a forensic researcher, is attacked in her apartment. Jordan Miller, a distinguished scientist, and Lisa's former co-worker, has disappeared, taking with him a secret discovery. But what does he possess that everyone wants?