The country reels with unrest from a postwar economic slump. Ed Grendil, though wealthy from developing a spy chip, is motivated to begin a socially responsive Reform Party to counter failing social services. His former colleague Robert Sikes develops nanotech weapons for a secretive military operation, whose members succeed or die. After Ed's son Carl joins it, the family and others are caught in a spiralling intrigue of politics, covert operations, sex, and death, orchestrated by an increasingly insane Sikes.
Emory gives an overview of the book:
Emory Menefee was born in 1929 as West Texas depression baby, and grew up mostly in small oil towns where his father managed oilfield supply stores. He developed an early interest in engineering and chemistry, and after high school in Pampa went to Texas Tech for a BS in...