While searching the Central-American rainforest for a priceless artifact, anthropologist Stephen Shaw is haunted by dark secrets from the past. A coed disappears during an archeological expedition. Classified experiments are being surreptitiously conducted in the desert. Bizarre aberrations appear in a close colleague's genes. Stephen is being followed. Ancient mythology, emerging techlogy. Mysteries compounded by universal passions: greed, envy, desire, sex. The developing situation becomes critical, requiring immediate action. Who will ultimately gain control of a cutting-edge technique for manipulating the subatomic structure of physical matter?