Gaia World Institute is an ecology think tank, research facility and holistic retreat where controversy and politics are just a part of saving the planet. But now its director, environmentalist Anne DeVilliers, is receiving threatening faxes. Bert Swain, media director of a prominent New York hospital, and amateur sleuth, is asked by a friend to look discreetly into the matter. Aided by his precocious teenage daughter, Swain discovers a hotbed of infighting, jealousy and blackmail dominating a place devoted to peace, harmony and a greener world. First an apparent suicide, then a fatal shooting, put Swain on a trail of designer drugs, brainwashing... and murder.