Kirkwood Medical Center technician Jay Barlow knows about life-and-death emergencies--he just never imagined he would be in that situation himself. While checking a defibrillator used to shock human hearts into action, Jay receives a jolt that starts a sinister, dangerous and ultimately fatal series of events.
While Jay is recovering and being cared for tenderly by E.R. nurse Debbie Farrell, Jay and his boss, Dan Harris, watch as the Bio-Medical department is rocked by a series of mysterious--and potentially lethal--equipment malfunctions. As Jay's romance with Debbie grows, he and Dan begin to suspect deliberate sabotage--but why would anyone booby-trap machines designed to save lives?
A twenty-seven-year-old male has gone into full cardiac arrest for no apparent reason, and we follow paramedic partners Jay Barlow and Samantha Williams working their "code" to Esbenshade Hospital's trauma unit where the patient finally dies. There is no clear-cut reason for such a death in such a young man until the hospital pathologist discovers a baseball-sized tumor in the man's brain. This is deemed a very rare and unfortunate situation until Jay discovers that the man's neighbor died of exactly the same thing two years earlier.
As the story progresses more and more people become afflicted with tumors, cancer and birth defects--far above the average for such a small community. What is killing the community and why?