Natalie Thompson is an investigative film director, tasked with making a documentary on the threat of bioterrorism. She is quickly made aware of an Ebola outbreak in central Africa which is being kept under wraps by the authorities, and the journalist in Natalie seeks to find a way into the local healthcare system in order to search for answers. She gains the trust of medical staff by posing as a film maker for a Western aid charity who wishes to learn more about their vaccination programme. Whilst in Africa, a contact introduces her to a Zimbabwean terrorist group and she must take on yet another undercover persona, posing as a blogger and Western African rights sympathiser. Is it possible that these terrorists are really planning to give the West a dose of “African disease”?
Meanwhile in London Tom is a new rookie to the investigative film world and is set to work doing research for Natalie’s project. He uncovers suspicious activities in a laboratory in Java and soon finds himself dispatched off to investigate – and with a minder in tow! They make contact with a young chemist who is concerned about the research work that she is being asked to undertake. When Natalie and Tom touch base with each other, they find that there are various strands to their stories that are linking to each other and to the terrorist group. Certain names in pharmaceutical companies keep cropping up too, alongside studies into Alzheimer’s disease. Now the question is do they continue with the sole purpose of making a documentary or should the authorities be alerted to the very real prospect of a bioterrorist attack?