Fiction. Lori Barrow was a Wunderkind, the youngest person ever to enroll in America's most prestigious science university, the Superior Techlogical Institute of Pasadena, CA. Now, twenty years later, she's a lonely, socially awkward Luddite whose career is all over the map because she refuses to grow up. She kws that her alma mater has brought her back as a professor t because of any great achievements, but because they hope her wide range of skills will resuscitate the dying physics department. She learns very quickly that the dying is all too literal. Mysterious deaths and accidents have plagued the department for at least two years, linked somehow to experiments at the South Pole and the happenings at the rocket lab. Afraid of making too many waves too early, Lori says thing...until the department's only female graduate student is found frozen to death in the cold room.