Dr Gum has accepted the invitation to Severodvinsk, the largest Russian naval shipyard for the opening ceremonies and launch of the first six pack, a fleet of FNPPs (Floating Nuclear Power Plants). The twin reactors mated to a cruiser class vessel generate enough electricity to light up a city of 250,000 and desalinate 250,000 gallons of water each day. The maiden voyage of the fleet has sparked fears. Dr Gum meets Dr Svetlana Kocheno, the nuclear watchdog of Rosatom, the Russian nuclear energy agency. Having lost her parents in the awful Chernobyl incident she has sworn to prevent a similar event from ever happening again. An uneventful launch allows the two to get acquainted and explore the city. Their tour is short lived as she is beeped back on board. A mysterious guidance glitch coupled with a software steering system shocks her. Her inspection turns up nothing. Meanwhile in New York's Russia Room, a Russian scientist is defecting and seeking academic immunity to turn over the plans of the promising power generating concept. He faces certain death on treason charges if he returns. Continuous course changes raises questions of an impending mutiny or terrorist act.
A scheduled delivery of vital equipment to Greenland's Ice Grip project is nearly aborted due to the bizarre aberrations in the ship's steering. More problems, missing cargo and doctored ship's logs raise serious questions of the crew's and the captain's state of mind. An unnatural disaster triggers a calamity of errors leading quickly to the worst conceivable outcome for the fate of the free world.
Bernie Unrau a dentist and doctor by training, stumbled across a four minute video back in 1989, an interview with the prolific Robin Cook, a physician by training. Cook's mastery of the medical thriller inspired Unrau to embark on a 2nd career. The central character in Unrau's novels, Dr Gum, is part bumbling lieutenant Columbo, part deductive Sherlock Holmes, part Dr. Ryan from Tom Clancy's novels, and part curious Indiana Jones. Unrau brings some of his years as a dentist, lecturer, and inventor to light by engaging in espionage, elucidating an enigma, disclosing a dastardly or diabolical scheme, or dreaming up a formidable frightening future. Unrau currently resides in Calgary, Alberta.