After the death of his wife, Dr. Martin Singh has become more and more involved in his work almost to the point of obsession. He and his associate, Professor Jim Harrison, believe that they may be on to some important scientific discoveries that will help to prolong human life. They are intent on keeping their discoveries under wraps for the time being because they don’t believe that the scientific community is quite ready for what their research reveals. They set up a secret laboratory in the beautiful wilderness of the Maine North Woods and are excited because Martin’s son, Pete, and his beautiful, young bride, Liz, will soon be joining them at the laboratory.
As the story opens up, we find Julie Miller, a Long Island housewife, mother, and well respected high school music teacher, looking forward to the start of the new school year. While busy at work preparing her music students for the school’s annual musical production, she suddenly falls ill with a life-threatening illness. This upsets the entire Miller family including family dog, Seymour. Julie turns to the Internet to find support from fellow sufferers. One of the members of her Internet forum recommends that she attend a conference given by the brilliant but reclusive Dr. Martin Singh and his associate. Could this offer Julie hope or might it lead her down a dangerous path?
Filled with twists and turns, Beyond Ice offers a glimpse into a future filled with possibilities: cures for some of our most life-threatening diseases; hope for continued understanding and empathy for the afflicted and their families; and recognition of the delicate responsibility associated with scientific, technological, and medical advances. The book asks the question: As technology advances, what moral issues do we face?