For the last hundred years every person has been born with a birth mark—an expiration date. Now, in the year 2168, there has been another shift in the human genome. There is a mass surge of children born with an expiration date within the first week of birth. Elisa Quinn, a medical specialist, her sister, geneticist, Ashlei Quinn; biochemist, Claude Monark; and friend, Dr. Jack Derrin, all set out to find the truth behind this new deviation. What they uncover is worse than any of them feared and their investigations unearth an uncertain future for the planet, corruption at the highest level and betrayal much closer to home.