Gemma Dantes is a bright, lonely assistant professor in an engineering department of one of California's great universities. When a mugging lands her in a Chicago hospital, her first encounter is with Dr. Mann, the very image of her ideal man, whose appearance may just be due to Gemma's head trauma. Her life quickly takes a horrific turn when a nurse inexplicably injects her with a paralyzing agent. As the clock ticks to a deadline, dead being the operative part, Gemma fights against forces both human and supernatural for her life and soul, the lives of future victims, and justice for those already gone.
Peri Alexander lives in Virginia, works as a bona fide rocket scientist by day, and makes up stories by night.