Nicolette Scott is an archaeologist whose knowledge of early
airplanes has won her kudos as an expert, a reputation for ignoring authority,
and a job at the Smithsonian. Shortly after she begins working there, she is
thrilled to be included in the museum’s latest project. E-Group, a large
pharmaceutical company, is equipping an expedition to a remote region of
Alaska, where a Japanese “Val” bomber plane was shot
down during World War II. It’s a gamble, but the money is being provided, and
if the small group of experts can locate the plane and somehow bring it back to
Washington, it will be a coup—and a boost for Nicolette’s career.
Not long after the search begins, Nicolette is shocked to
discover that there is a darker reason for E-Group’s generous sponsorship.
The expedition’s real goal reaches all the way back to the great Spanish flu
epidemic of 1918–1919, grimly nicknamed “the Spanish Lady,” which killed
millions around the world. The virus of this flu still exists in those few
victims who are preserved in frozen ground—and once the pharmaceutical company
learns that three World War I veterans searching Alaska for gold had died of
the disease near the Val, they will do everything in their power to get their
hands on the bodies.
Unless Nicolette risks her own life to defuse E-Group’s nefarious
plan, the lives of hundreds of millions will be at stake. Download and start listening now!