In New York's Hudson Valley, a man and a woman are brutally murdered by strangers ... in North Korea, a village decimated by disease is bombed to rubble ... and on the Norwegian sea, an icebreaker forges its way through frozen waters to a remote island in the Arctic, carrying a scientific team that hopes to unearth the bodies of long-dead miners. Three separate events - all linked in an intricate web of hidden plots and counterplots. Washington Post reporter Frank Daly has the story of a lifetime. But his plans to join the scientists on their historic mission is ruined by a ferocious storm that delays him. When he meets up with the ship upon its return to port in Norway, it is clear that something has gone terribly wrong. Fear haunts the faces of the crew. No one will talk. And someone wants Daly to stop asking questions.