Archeologist Nathan Lee has been dubbed a "greedy graverobber" by his peers. Blackmailed into working with his father-in-law, Nathan robs graves from Jerusalem to Egypt, watching his father-in-law grow wealthy selling millenium-old artifacts. Led into the Himilayians, the duo, led by a Sherka guide, seek remains of yeti-like neanderthals. The journey falls apart when Nathan tries to protect a "find" from others, and is pushed off a mountain top cliff. Surviving and injured, he wanders back into civilization, where he is promptly arrested and imprisoned for the murder of his Sherka guide.
The story starts to unfold dramatically when Nathan wakes to find the prison almost vacant and unguarded. He wanders out into Tibet, to find the people frightened of an approaching epidemic, completely lethal and unstoppable. Nathan escapes back into the Himilayians, finally emerging in China where he witnesses the deadly trail of the virus.
Nathan's journey leads him around the world to Taos, New Mexico, where scientists have sequestered laboratories in search of a cure. Using artifacts Nathan may have illegally unearthed himself, clones are being created from humans who lived two thousand years ago. Hoping these clones may have antibodies that could withstand the virus, Nathan learns their names and languages. And one clone may be the most important man to ever live.
This report prepared by Roger Perry