Helixes of Life

Humans have progressed. Their molecular mastery and deep knowledge of genetics allow them several feats, including a cure for cancer. But are they ready to face any threat? Humans are not the only ones to develop­ and refine their defense mechanisms… and attack. One plant has developed a new process of photosynthesis that allows energy to be stored in a more efficient form of sugar. However, the new technique requires more lights, it is more fragile than its counterparts. This situation eventually led to it being equipped with powerful attack mechanisms. For animals, this is a bad sign, because this plant is not edible, although it has a good, sweet taste!

This plant uses its roots as a weapon. It injects powerful mutagens into the soil water that kills its neighbors or make them sterile. Some researchers even believe that it transmits the instructions leading to the production of the new form of chlorophyll using a retrovirus. So, if its neighbors survive, they risk becoming a new version of the plant. Cultivated briefly by humans and transplanted to all continents, the aggressive plant has a head start. Have humans advanced enough technologically to stop the threat before it destroys their society? Is the species itself endangered?

Among the government’s initiatives, there is one that wants to use a discovery in applied physics to capture photons from the past and thus “see” in the distant past. How did humans become humans? Would there be, in the past, a transition giving them a clue on how to fight their new plant enemy? If they cannot prevent the dominance of the new indigestible plant, how could they adapt to survive it?

Amid the social effects of the fight against the number one enemy of humans, a group of researchers — Alasta, Gaumeon, Ellemtee and Quereon — guided by their leader Cephyleon tackles the study of the past using the sensor. What will they discover? How will they react to their discoveries? What will be the impact on their boiling society?