all around the
the Spring of 2014, the United States is amid economic good times.
And, Allanna and Tom MacKay—
a school teacher and a CPA—are thrilled, learning they are pregnant
with their first child after having struggled for years with
infertility. But the MacKays and the rest of the world are about
to live through a phenomenon that is illogical and unprecedented:
Abruptly nearly all women everywhere of child bearing age find
themselves unable to conceive.
When birthrates plummet by 99%, people worldwide are starting to
panic—and are demanding big answers.
In the U.S., the Pandemic Project is established—bringing
together the best from the science and medical communities to battle
the worldwide fertility breakdown.
At the onset of all this, the conflict over legalized abortion in
America has escalated following an overwhelmingly violent incident in
a southern city.
While in a nation on the coast of Africa, a military dictator has
overtaken the government and genocide is underway. U.S.
ambassador Wik Isaac—abhorred at what he is seeing—returns to
Washington to personally plead the case for intervention. But,
the ambassador has mistakenly discounted the political influence of
his biggest adversaries—American corporations who maintain expensive
manufacturing operations in the African country, businesses who won't
tolerate a disruption of the profitable status quo.
And, suddenly, because of the global birth crisis,
the sanctity of life issues are completely redefined.
The value of a human life—following the law of supply and
In reward, we are graphic witnesses inside the procedure room
of an abortion clinic. And in reward, we share the joy of
what many may have traditionally taken for granted—the moment of
birth of a healthy baby.
We also enter the Oval Office and watch a desperate president, her
popularity faltering as she attempts to grapple with the new moral
code. Her hope for salvaging re-election hinges upon the outcome
of the ongoing race for a medical breakthrough.
The novel reward is about human sexuality and relationships,
and ultimately all about the very newest links in our family chains: