When Dr. Marina Singh travels to Brazil in search of the truth about a dead colleague and to investigate the status of her pharmaceutical company’s next big drug, she finds mysteries hidden deep in the dense Amazon flora and danger lurking in the tiniest insects and the expansive, murky river. Stranger still are the secrets kept by the scientists, led by the formidable Dr. Swenson, who are stationed in the jungle to develop a drug that would extend female fertility by decades.
Although the drug under development in this book is fictional, there have been cases of women giving birth into their seventies and the ethical and health issues discussed in the book are real. An article in Bioethics explores some of the moral and legal issues surrounding post-menopausal pregnancy.
See images and videos of the Amazon Rainforest from the BBC website.