Young detective Carol Lindique is given the task of finding Ismael Jacobson, the man who created the life-giving virus, the elixir of life, which stops the ageing process in humans.
When death is no longer inevitable, everybody does what they can to get infected with the virus. No more old age, no more disease, and Ismael Jacobson turns out to be an elusive character.
Overpopulation can be the only outcome, and happily-ever-after soon turns into hell-ever-after as the food runs out. Under the strain of too many billions of mouths to feed, the ground turns barren. But when there is no more food left, there is always the neighbour . . .
More than a hundred years later, sent into the wilds to sort out this new problem, Detective Lindique finds more questions than answers.