works at a medical research lab, studying the effects of The Plague, which
has nearly decimated the planet’s entire population. Much to the chagrin
of Andrew’s wife Fiona, finding a cure to The Plague "is the only thing
that matters" to Andrew.
The edict for The Plague reads: "Everyone is a carrier. All natural births
result in deformity and insanity. There are no exceptions." To avoid
passing the disease on to newborns, by law, all births must be arranged
via the government-run artificial insemination program. Noncompliance with
the government mandate is strictly and brutally enforced by Orion
Security. People who have "illegal" pregnancies live in exile across the
river at The Domain -- a sprawling and lawless shantytown that is the
epitome of disease and squalor run amok.
During a medical seminar, Andrew encounters a militant activist named
Marcus, who claims "there ARE exceptions" to The Plague -- at The Domain.
Marcus challenges Andrew that if he really wants to find a cure, he must
cross the river to The Domain where he might be able to find a
disease-free person. It is a daunting and dangerous proposition because
travel to The Domain is strictly forbidden and prevented by armed
Everything changes when Fiona announces she’s pregnant with a
naturally-conceived ("illegal") fetus, and Andrew makes an astounding
discovery: Fiona’s unborn fetus is completely healthy and not a carrier.
But it quickly becomes apparent that the government will do everything in
its power to keep the public from ever finding out.
Fiona’s condition triggers a security alert, making her a fugitive and the
subject of an intense manhunt by Orion Security, who won’t ever stop
searching for her until she’s apprehended -- dead or alive.
Fiona hides from public view while Andrew makes a perilous journey to The
Domain where he confronts horrific and death-defying obstacles. He enlists
the aid of Marcus, who wants to to further his own hidden agenda. Andrew
and Marcus are at cross-purposes until Andrew discovers a government
conspiracy regarding the artificial insemination program, and Fiona is
seized and taken to Orion Sanatorium --"the house of horrors" -- where
even more gruesome discoveries await.
Andrew and Marcus reconcile their philosophical differences and join
forces, leading to a terrifying rescue attempt of Fiona at Orion
Sanatorium, Andrew coming to terms with his previously unknown genetic
makeup, and Andrew and Marcus taking part in one final and climactic
life-and-death struggle with Orion Security.
2005 Michael Raymond
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