It is a more than usually long, hot summer. Water levels are exceptionally low and worldwide, much of the population appears to be suffering from painful headaches. Tempers are frayed. Civil unrest is rife. Jim, an insurance claims investigator with an interest in matters both financial and ecological, thinks that he knows why the situation is as it is. But the truth, as he sees it, would be unpopular with laymen, scientists and politicians alike. Just as he is about to enlist the help of some influential friends to get his theories heard, his wife is kidnapped. Jim will stop at nothing to get her back and to warn of impending doom.