She also has to manage a problem relationship with daughter Jessica, who accuses her of abandoning the search for her missing father.
When Jessica disappears from school, Wendy assembles a team of her university irregulars to find her, including a scientist with a pet python he uses to make his lectures more interesting, a local news reporter, a student activist, and a lecherous TV pundit.
A series of mysterious and violent deaths occur in a nearby top secret research establishment, which seem connected to the drug problems that are plaguing the university.
The team has stumbled into a battle for a century-old secret concealed in the archives of the university. Wendy finds herself in a race to rescue Jessica, and to prevent members of an international conspiracy from discovering the secret, and from plunging the world into anarchy.
Throughout the book, its characters wrestle with the dilemma of trust. Why is Wendy unable to tell Jessica the truth about her father? Which offers of help from outside contacts are genuine, and which are traps laid by a false friend?
The truth is revealed only after a life or death struggle for ownership of the secret of the Chronicles of Leadership, in an underground experiment that has gone terrifyingly wrong.
Wendy Lockinge clears up the interlocking mysteries in traditional fashion, setting the scene for future adventures.