An instant classic in the vein of Jurassic Park, this boundary-pushing novel has all the hallmarks of Michael Crichton's greatest adventures with its combination of pulse-pounding thrills, cutting-edge technology, and extraordinary research 'We live on the surface. We think in terms of people and elephants and sharks and forests of trees. But the truth of life on our planet is very different. The real bedrock of fundamental life -- teeming, burrowing, breeding, continuously active -- is beneath the soil. And that is where the discoveries are going to be made!' Three men are found dead in the locked second floor office of a Honolulu building, with no sign of struggle. The only clue left behind is a tiny bladed robot, nearly invisible to the human eye. In Cambridge, Massachusetts, a group of graduate students at the forefront of their fields is recruited to work for Nanigen, a cutting-edge microbiology company in Hawaii. But when the true costs of its innovations are revealed, the students are physically transformed and cast out into the teeming rainforest of Oahu. With nothing for protection but their specialized knowledge of the natural world, the students face intense danger from the organisms that surround them. To save themselves they must harness the very powers of nature and technology that are pitted against them!