"Cussler writes rip-roaring, high octane novels of derring do which make the heart pump and the pulse race."
A Nazi officer has discovered an amazing relic hidden in a Norwegian glacier during the Second World War. Some sixty years later a maniacal leader of a modern day cult uses this discovery to attempt to shape history.
A cruise ship's passengers and crew are all struck down with a sudden sickness which takes the lives of everyone on board except for sick bay patient Jannike Dahl. The crew of the ship Oregon come to her rescue and lift her from the ship as charges detonate to scuttle the ship.
The crew of the Oregon are no ordinary ships crew. They are a band of highly equipped mercenaries who pull off the dirty jobs that governments cannot be seen to go near. The leader of the mercenaries, Juan Cabrillo, leads his team into an investigation of the fatal virus which claimed the lives of all other on board the stricken ship. This investigation pits them against the modern cult of Responsivists as they battle to prevent the cult changing the future.