Rachel Cummings, the young Chair of a university biology department is confronted with a problem that modern science says can't exist. But it does exist, and may be deadly. She needs to know. She needs answers. Rachel recruits Barry Protoc, a highly regarded neuroscientist and microbiologist to give her a fresh look at the problem and to help her find the truth. What they find puts them in the middle of an unbelievable nightmare. Unless they can do something about it, hundreds, thousands, possibly millions of people will die. .
The problem started when The Council, a group of cells from the beginning of all life, came together. They want to become a species that dominates earth's surface. They set evolution in motion but VIRUS, a renegade cell, doesn't want to wait He breaks away threatening to destroy everything they create. The Council can't let that happen. They must stop VIRUS and his death squads now. They recruit Traveler, their best agent, and send him into the future (what is now the present) to defeat VIRUS and his deadly followers. But Traveler doesn't exist in the future. He must work through a surrogate by influencing his actions. It's Traveler's surrogate that must defeat VIRUS.