As escalating tensions threaten to turn the Cold War red hot, Russian premier Nikita Khrushchev embarks on a diplomatic tour of the US, requesting time with two American icons: Disneyland and Marilyn Monroe. The theme park poses too high a security risk, but Marilyn is more than happy to oblige. And as she puts America’s best face forward, Marilyn stumbles upon a sinister plot lurking behind the scenes. Certain parties would love to see both countries erupt in atomic war, and what better way to ensure Armageddon than by assassinating a high-ranking Russian official on American soil?
Joyce Lackey’s career has spiraled out of control, landing her an early - and humiliating - retirement. Destitute and alone, Joyce grows increasingly suicidal, until she receives a mysterious offer from X-Gen Agency. The corporation claims it can return Joyce’s lost youth and vitality. The catch? She must fake her own death and start a new life, kicking back much of her new salary to X-Gen to pay off the cost of the procedure. Desperate for the slimmest hope, Joyce signs the contract and is thrilled when X-Gen fulfills its promise. Yet even as she embraces her new life, she learns X-Gen is concealing a murderous conspiracy....
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