Nothing proves more dangerous than discovering the truth….
Fifteen years ago, John Kimberley walked out of his partner's office and never looked back. He didn't want to. It was easier to believe that he was heading for a stellar career and a future unburdened by huge student loans. The career proved to be rich and rewarding. His financial health—likewise. There was that other nagging consideration that surfaced now and then; a nasty little voice that kept whispering that he sacrificed the love-of-his-life for prestige and money. But he knew how to ignore it.
Then a sinkhole opened up in Arizona, swallowing a refinery, one of his employer's subsidiaries. A significant loss. Certainly, worthy of further scrutiny. For a change, he needs to do field work in a research library where he discovers a list of natural disasters that spans decades. The one thing these natural phenomena have in common, is that they had all targeted his employer's holdings. A joint venture here, a subsidiary there. His corporate employer sure seems to be the type of business that is every insurer's nightmare.
Until John finds a pattern and a thread that begs to be pulled. A man who had no business being in Arizona, was caught on the security cameras, and appeared to be casing the refinery. The next step would be to find out what the man had to say for himself. Except he's off on a field assignment—and heading for Alaska and so is a research team of scientists, aiming to hold field trials of a new product. The project leader is someone who has not been part of John's life for the last fifteen years. He swore to never speak her name again. But a few days later, when a new tragedy claims many lives, including the man John had hoped to find, he knows that old wounds will have to remain hidden even as new ones open up. And suddenly, he is faced with so many choices, pulled in so many directions that running away is not an option. At least not this time. He knows that there is something terribly wrong with the island…he just doesn't know how terribly wrong it is to try and find out.