By David Michie
When novice monk Tenzin Dorje is told by his lama that the Red Army is
invading Tibet, his country's darkest moment paradoxically gives him a
sense of purpose like no other. He accepts a mission to carry two
ancient, secret texts across the Himalayas to safety.
century later, in a paradox of similarly troubling circumstances, Matt
Lester is called upon to convey his own particular wisdom as a
scientist, when Matt's nanotech project is mysteriously moved from
London to a research incubator in Los Angeles.
Tenzin and Matt
embark on parallel adventures which have spine-chilling connections.
Tenzin's perilous journey through the Himalayas, amid increasing
physical hardship and the ever-present horror of Red Army capture, is
mirrored by Matt's contemporary, but no less traumatic challenges, as
his passionate relationship with his fiancée, Isabella, and his high
flying career undergo escalating crises.
It is at the moment
when both Tenzin and Matt face catastrophe that their stories converge,
spectacularly transforming our understanding of all that has gone