The innocent die first. A boy in rural Washington State. A girl in Macon, Georgia. Their skin blistered. Their nervous systems fried. Their hopes of recovery: none. The most sophisticated laboratories in the world soon discover the horrifying truth: The virus is man-made. What they must race to learn is why this microbe, called a replicator, was specifically created for a human host. And twelve cases today will be thirty thousand tomorrow. Devin Parks is a reporter on the edge. Since his marriage crashed, chasing news seems pointless...until he realizes the devastating consequences of the outbreak.