by Réal Laplaine
An explosive war breaks out when an energy-desperate China suddenly invades Iran for its oil. As the conflict surges toward a nuclear confrontation, gripping the whole world, one man, sitting on a beach in Afife, Portugal, trying to fix his dysfunctional life, finds himself talking to a strange woman. Serena engages him in long dialogue, finally revealing her true identity as an off-world visitor, and that she is there to get him to prevent his world from tipping over into a nuclear holocaust. A suspenseful and intellectual geopolitical thriller to the last page.