As a doctor in the post-Blackout United States of America of 2087, Joe Barnes struggles to save his patients and uphold his Hippocratic Oath. Even so, he’s an idealist, and his home life is one of happy expectation as he and his wife Mary prepare to welcome their first child after a “medical miracle” makes their dream possible.
But a teenaged boy dies unexpectedly on Barnes’ watch and a girl goes missing, and as Barnes becomes obsessed with finding the killer, patients keep dropping dead from strange diseases that should no longer exist at the end of the 21st century. With the help of his mentor, he chases a phantom force at work in the hospital and discovers a terrifying link to a human experimentation program from the barely-remembered chaos of World War II.
The forces behind the spreading pestilence threaten to spark another global cataclysm – and slaughter Barnes’s young family – unless the good doctor can stop them in time.