At the centre of the novel is a sinister plot to confer immortality on a select, elite group of government scientists – a plot of such cold brutality and evil that it has been kept secret from everybody, even those who may one day benefit from it. Dr. Peter Jance is a brilliant weapons scientist, dying of cancer just as he nears completion of his greatest invention. Beatrice is his beautiful scientist wife. Dr Frederick Wolfe is the dark genius who, with Beatrice’s help, has discovered the secrets of immortality. Elizabeth and Hans, young lovers, healthy and strong, are the unknowing victims of Wolfe’s sinister plans.