It's 1973. Jack Trane is a twenty-one year old junior at St. Mark College in Pennsylvania. His carefree college days come to a sudden end after the untimely death of his parents in a tragic accident.
The calculated circumstances that follow propel him on a course that leads to his enlistment in the Navy, where he meets his girlfriend, Grace, and where he learns of his father's connection to the mysterious Colonel Kettering, who is also Jack's commanding officer. Jack's dreams for a future with Grace are shattered when he is ordered on a secret operation that takes him to New Zealand and Antarctica. His mission: lure a brilliant, reclusive scientist named Dr. Moon out of hiding, and steal his unimaginable formula for creating a new form of energy.
As Jack peels off the layers of mystery that shroud Dr. Moon and his formula, he discovers that the truth lies in beautiful Christchurch, New Zealand, and that a mystery figure with ties to his parents' past holds the key to Jack's destiny and the balance of power in the world.