Lamar Kaufmann is one of the world’s wealthiest men, having made his fortune trafficking weapons to the highest bidders in the third world. He now has everything money can buy—except a child to carry on his criminal dynasty. An indiscretion in his youth has left him sterile. But money buys power; and with power, he can purchase the best son the world has to offer.
Anastasia Petrova is a twenty-three-year-old Russian scientist who is fluent in five languages and preeminent in her chosen field of nuclear genetics. She is also well versed in the arts and could play first-chair violin in any of Europe’s most prestigious symphony orchestras. Her I.Q. is too high to measure, and that is precisely what Kaufmann desires—a genome capable of producing the most perfect child. Kaufmann abducts Petrova from the shores of the Black Sea and confines her to his luxury yacht that never comes to shore. She is artificially inseminated with sperm from a donor who, likewise, has a preternaturally high I. Q. A genetically crafted masterpiece begins its biological journey toward life. Kaufmann will soon have the son he needs to continue his criminal dynasty. But Petrova vows this will never happen. To thwart Kaufmann’s scheme and claim her son, Petrova must match her wits against Lamar Kaufmann’s vast financial empire—and she must do it alone.
The protagonist uses MacGyver-type tricks to gain her advantage. This techno-thriller appears more popular with men.