A mechanism buried since the beginning of time is about to alter the landscape of the future.
In Vancouver, an earth science firm announces the ability to replicate every known mineral on the planet. In Switzerland, a seismologist notes a disconcerting anomaly seventy miles below the Earth’s crust. In Nepal, the world’s highest mountain is growing.
Geophysicist James Von Kamburg leads a crack team of scientists to the Himalayas to decipher an escalating series of portentous signs: frozen glaciers are melting, plants spawn from rock, and leopards move in herds. A mystical vision at a Buddhist monastery on the mountain forces Von Kamburg to consider science beyond anything imaginable, and to question the need for drastic action.
Jared Griffon, Von Kamburg’s brilliant former student turned adversary, arrives in Nepal with no such scruples.
Everest is rising. A cataclysm begins.