By Greg Bear
A 2000 HUGO AWARD NOMINEE
Ancient ailments encoded within the DNA of people wait like snoozing dragons to wake and infect again--or so molecular biologist Kaye Lang believes. And now it seems like her arguable conception is in truth chilling truth. For Christopher Dicken, a "virus hunter" on the Epidemic Intelligence carrier, has pursued an elusive flu-like illness that moves down expectant moms and their offspring. Then a huge discovery excessive within the Alps --the preserved our bodies of a prehistoric family--reveals a stunning hyperlink: anything that has slept in our genes for thousands of years is waking up.
Now, because the outbreak of this terrifying ailment threatens to turn into a dangerous epidemic, Dicken and Lang needs to race opposed to time to gather the items of a puzzle in basic terms they're built to solve--an evolutionary puzzle that would confirm the way forward for the human race . . . if a destiny exists in any respect.