Laurel Brandt is drowning in debt, her employment contract is about to expire, and without a steady income, she could lose her house. When her supervisor promises permanent employment in exchange for attending a trade conference, it’s an offer Laurel can hardly afford to refuse. Except Laurel isn’t an adventurer, and the trade conference is in Indonesia. Despite her misgivings, Laurel finds herself in the strangest place she could possibly imagine: Java, home to stifling heat, active volcanoes, and loud clerics summoning the faithful to prayer several times each day.
On arrival, Laurel learns her company has been conducting experiments in a remote village where residents are experiencing high rates of a rare cancer. A colleague disappears on the eve of a terror attack, absconding with files that could identify the source of the cancer. When an unscrupulous business rival informs local police about Laurel’s hostile relationship with her missing colleague, she becomes a suspect in the terror investigation, and faces a difficult choice: flee under a cloud of suspicion, risking her career, or stay in Java to search for the stolen files, risking her life?