Late summer in the Siberian Sea. Richard Mariner stands in the main control centre of Ice Station Zemlya, Russia’s massive new floating nuclear facility. As enormous seagoing tugs fight to position the ungainly monster, Richard is all too aware of dangerous – perhaps deadly – undercurrents. The multinational team helping the Russians to set up Zemlya are riven with disagreement, and there has been a relentless series of apparent accidents. But soon the whole situation begins to rapidly disintegrate. As a huge ice storm whirls towards the platform and threatens to cast the station adrift in American waters, Richard comes to the devastating realisation that someone is hell-bent on bringing about a nuclear catastrophe….