To describe geneticist, Dr. Rebecca Cleave, as brilliant would be to downplay her abilities. Some say she is an artist mixed with a scientist, but her career suddenly derailed when her husband Ezra Cleave was diagnosed with vascular Ehlers-Danlos syndrome. Ezra’s blood vessels and organs are fragile and prone to rupturing. Eighty percent of people with this form of the disease develop life-threatening complications by age 40, at 44, Ezra has surpassed the odds, but his health is now failing. This terrible genetic disease has no cure … unless Rebecca can find one.
While assisting in locating the gene that will trigger the transition in Mer-human hybrids, she has become convinced that Mer DNA may hold the cure to save her husband. Even if she can convince Aemrys to let her investigate pure Mer DNA, does Ezra have enough time left for her to save him?