Situation: Scotland has sunk 700 metres under water as a result of God’s Flood. Only the Drylands (the Highlands) are left. The population live on Port, a collection of floating cities. A highly virulent strain of HIV has made all intimate physical contact deadly, leaving virtual sex the only option.
Overview: Our hero, Paolo Broon, is on a quest to find the carrier who infected his wife - only his DNA can save her life. The adventure takes him through Port, the Drylands and Cyberspace to the truth about his own family’s past.
With strong characters and a gripping plot, the well-defined settings create an atmosphere of paranoia and danger. The juxtaposition of Scots and science fiction jargon enhances this atmosphere. The exciting denouement has a surprising twist and is set on Schiehallion.
The introduction includes a section on how to read the Scots in this book, Mathew has made the spelling as straightforward as possible for a population used to English spelling conventions....Continua