Kay Lang is the foremost expert in the retrovirus theories. Her own work has put her on the track to a Nobel Prize, and together with her husband she is making significant strides within her field and earned the respect of her peers and the industry as a whole.
So now a new and as yet unidentified virus has begun infecting women and apparently it is transmitted from men to the women they are intimate with, but it isn’t an STD. As the virus progresses, the women nearly universally miscarry their babies only to become pregnant again thirty days later. The odd thing is they get pregnant without the ‘help’ of their male partners.
While the virus spreads, Mitch Rafelson is fighting to regain his credibility after two major paleontological disasters involving the prehistoric remains from two different archeological sites. He’s battling two counts of stolen or misappropriated remains and from the most recent incident he has tissue samples that could prove an evolutionary link between the Neanderthal mummies and the current virus.
Kaye joins the national disease control program and learns that the virus is causing mutations and fuels her desire to prove her own retrovirus theories. While she works on her hypothesis, thousands of women are losing their babies and suddenly becoming pregnant, subsequently giving birth to stillborn babies. This new virus is causing a worldwide panic, sparking riots, murders and the segregation of women from men to prevent the virus from spreading even farther.
As the world panics, Kaye takes matters into her own hands to determine the ultimate reason behind the deformities being apparently caused by the virus. Is this threat truly a virus or is it an act of nature…?
The debates between creationism and evolution are an ongoing feast of opposing points and counterpoints. The author takes the evolutionary path with this novel and presents what appears to be a viable, believable story based on evolution. He spends a large amount of time detailing the background of the characters and events involved, and in many instances uses highly specific details with somewhat complicated and scientific language.
Even with an extensive background in scientific research and medical terminology, there were points in the book that required that certain topics be looked up in the included glossary at the back of the book. Perhaps the glossary’s inclusion should have told the author that perhaps he might be too heavy on the technical terminology.