"September 1954"-Internationally famed nuclear scientist I. C. Frostdisappears. Suspected of being too cozy with the Soviets, Frost, whohelped build the first atomic bomb during World War II, is thought tobe lost in Washington''s Olympic Mountains. He is never found.
"February 1996"-Forty-two years later, Frost''s colleague, nuclearphysicist Xerxes Raymond "X-ray" Beam, dies and leaves a crypticpoem to his son, Low. Low knows that the poem has something to dowith Frost''s mysterious disappearance and a strange scientific theory.When he tries to uncover the truth, Low mysteriously disappears fromhis boat, "The Golden Eye," after an adventurous yacht club cruise.
Against the backdrop of the Olympic National Park, the members ofthe Tubal Cain Institute for Advanced Studies-Low''s friends andcoworkers-team with law enforcement officials to find Low. Thewaters are muddied by conflicting concerns about espionage, drugsmuggling, and a scientific dispute compounded by the distractions ofBigfoot sightings, an ax murder, and a cougar attack. Low''s friendsworry for his safety, and it may be only a matter of time before thesecrets of the past threaten them all .