|About the Book|
Adrian van Buren is a prominent nuclear engineer and he has just been told he has sixty days left to live.With his time running out, Adrian turns to the science of aging with the hopes of extending his life and explores novel medical techniques toMoreAdrian van Buren is a prominent nuclear engineer and he has just been told he has sixty days left to live.With his time running out, Adrian turns to the science of aging with the hopes of extending his life and explores novel medical techniques to fix his ailing heart. When a country offers a novel stem cell treatment in exchange for nuclear secrets, the FBI opens an investigation. Tempted by such a promising treatment, Adrian is torn between extending his life versus protecting his country.All the while, the narration visits significant events from Adrian’s youth, his service in World War Two, his capture by the Japanese, and his unforgettable visitation by the moralizing ghosts of the past scientists Isaac Newton, James Maxwell, and Charles Darwin.Back in the present, Adrian’s grandson, Oscar, discovers his unborn son is determined to have a genetic defect that will cause severe progeria – premature aging. Oscar and his wife, Petra, explore controversial medical options, including gene therapy and cryogenic preservation as they labor to choose the most ethical path for Petra’s pregnancy.As the story unfolds, Adrian also searches for a long lost letter from Lily, the love of his life. In the letter, she answers a question he has been wondering about for half a century.When Adrian’s cutting-edge medical treatments begin to fail, he is forced to begin saying goodbye to the world and everyone he has loved. Before departing for all eternity, he makes one last unconventional effort to salvage his life, an effort that pushes the boundaries of modern science and has real-life implications for the future of all humanity.