After getting her foot in the door with the LAPD as a medical examiner in the Forensics Services Division, Van Eng finds herself promoted to detective and assigned to the Cold Case Homicide Special Section. Her unique investigative skills and raw courage, combined with her heightened senses due to a hearing impairment, make her an unstoppable force on the squad. Her vision and her sense of smell are acute, and she instinctively catalogues everything in sight with a memory that is borderline photographic. These special gifts all add to Van's investigative skills, but what impresses her colleagues most is her fearlessness.
This second book in The Nanobot Trilogy opens with murder on the Paramount Studios backlot. Someone has been killed during production of a new Bruckheimer film, "The Power of Small," touting the medical benefits of nanobots. While Detective Van Eng and her team investigate the murder, a trip to Pamplona to see the running of the bulls brings Van back into contact with her nemesis, Dr. Belinda Armendariz. Belinda had been the chief scientist and CEO of Ragnar Willowbrook Labs, a Silicon Valley-based biomedical engineering lab that was known to cut corners for its billionaire clients. After retrieving a stolen petri dish containing very special but very toxic nanobots, Belinda believed it was her destiny to resurrect the Basque Golden Age. Little did she know that she would once again run into a young, pesky detective from the City of Los Angeles.