Eternal life—the most sought-after secret in all the history of mankind. Thornton Park is hosting a conference on immortality. Guests from many cultures have been invited to speak about their beliefs. No one, least of all Alexandra Archer, expects it to become a deadly search for the secrets to eternal life. At the same time, Steven Lin, a descendant of Wang, who befriended the first Thomas Thornton in Hong Kong in the middle of the 1800s, is visiting Thornton Park. On his first night in Melbourne before joining the Thorntons, Steven’s travelling companion Kai is attacked and killed in Chinatown. After a welcoming dinner party at Thornton Park, one of the guest speakers is found murdered near the muniment room. Steven later tells them of a document the first Thomas Thornton took with him when he left Hong Kong. Steven’s family claims it belongs to them. Alexandra is seven months pregnant. She is certain there has to be a connection between the two murders and the document. When another murder follows, Alexandra wonders how many people must die in the search for eternal life. Caught up in a miasma of myths and dark tales, Alexandra comes to believe that for her baby to live, she must die.
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