Facing the nuclear holocaust, global leaders and members of the intelligence community made their personal bids for survival in the new world. The Forced Evolutionary Virus, cryogenic stasis, artificial intelligence consciousness, and in Desmond Lockheart's case, controlled exposure to normally lethal doses of radiation were among the wildly risky and experimental techniques pursued in the name of survival in a world without modern infrastructure. Old rivalries and vendettas were not forgotten in the ashes of nuclear winter. Those who managed to survive quickly set about doing what the bombs had not: wiping out any remnants of the Old World that may have been a threat to personal and political agendas. Now, even so long after they should all have died naturally, these scattered figures seek power and jealously guard their secrets. Their missions have long since ceased to be political or idealogical. They realise that for as long as any of their colleagues live, they would be hunted. Their goals are simple: kill or be killed.