After magic killed her sister and drove her father mad, Kayna Quan ran as far and as fast as she could from the mixture of Chinese and Celtic power boiling through her blood. Fresh out of residency, she opts for a tour in Antarctica. Money is short, so she hires on as medical officer aboard a Russian research vessel headed for McMurdo.
He probably could have picked somewhere closer, but Brynn McMichaels was on the run from a crappy breakup and ended up on South Georgia Island. When cultures of the single-celled organism, archaea, begin shifting into another form, overgrowing the bins in his lab, he’s convinced the isolation got to him until a call from an old buddy at McMurdo reveals a similar phenomenon. Intrigued, Brynn agrees to lend a hand. The weather’s too uncertain to send a plane, so he hitches a ride aboard Kayna’s ship, bringing his mutant culture colonies with him.