JUST WHEN YOU THOUGHT IT WAS SAFE TO UNMASK—GET READY TO GLOVE UP!
Imagine never touching another human being…
Robert Luxley has a biological problem he does not understand and cannot control: one touch from his bare skin and you’re paralyzed for fifteen minutes. Lonely and isolated, he’s turned his “special trick” into a lucrative career as a hired killer. He thinks he’s one of a kind—until one day he’s confronted by a young girl named Cassandra, who tells him he’s not alone. She has it too, and the two of them are not the only carriers of—
Sensory Deprivation Syndrome (SDS)
SDS is an extremely dangerous medical condition. Carriers can render anyone they touch blind, deaf, or otherwise senseless, in seconds. Hospital physicians have reported potentially related cases involving loss of touch, taste, smell, memory, pain, balance, and sense of direction—questioning whether many previously observed medical impairments have been misdiagnosed and were, in fact, symptoms of SDS.
Fearing discovery, Luxley follows Cassandra through a dark underground network of “Deprivers” in a desperate hunt for her missing brother Nicholas, taken hostage by a radical group of carriers with a terrifying agenda. Luxley doesn’t know who to trust, or who is safe to touch, but he needs to learn Cassandra’s secrets fast. As knowledge of SDS spreads and panic erupts—including mandatory registration, glove mandates, and the global call for isolation camps—no carrier anywhere in the world will be safe.