On the run: An innocent 13-year-old boy with a deadly gift, a beautiful girl, the two of them about to start World War Three.
During a submarine detection experiment in Maryland, a psychic in a top-secret Defense Intelligence Agency laboratory dies in an inexplicable, "impossible" way. At the same moment, three thousand miles away, the commander of a submarine in the Pacific Ocean dies in the same impossible way. Hours later, a beautiful catatonic girl, Angel, in a Rhode Island mental hospital escapes. And near San Francisco, Josh Anders, age 13, with an IQ of 170, is at the center of this storm. Almost killed by a line-drive baseball a year and a half ago, he has the power of Maxwell's Demon, a concept first proposed by James Clerk Maxwell in 1871. On the run with Angel, wanted by police agencies all over the West Coast, Josh is hunted by the FBI, the CIA, and Russian commandos. With the power of his mind alone, he can kill, create powerful explosions, cause untold mayhem. He is thought by the U.S. government and the Russian military to be the most dangerous person on the planet. He needs to be locked up, contained, controlled. But all Josh wants is to have his family back and his life to return to normal, unaware that what he and Angel are doing as they run from the authorities is about to start World War Three.
ABOUT THE NOVEL : Maxwell's Demon is a concept sometimes used by physicists (see it in Wikipedia for more information). I first heard about it when I was in the eighth grade and read a book by George Gamow: "Mr. Tompkins in Wonderland." Great little book, by the way. This novel sprang from that amazing idea; it just took a while (about thirty years) to germinate and grow. What if? What if someone had the power to defeat the Second Law of Thermodynamics?