Monty Bannerman's father is a leading genetic scientist, and Nobel Prize winner, whose company has just been taken over by what will soon be the world's biggest pharmaceutical giant. He had some misgivings about their company ethics -- but ultimately, he needs their money, and they need his mind. Then a journalist comes to Monty's door, with a far-fetched story about the pharmaceutical company. She doesn't believe what she's being told for a moment - but within a few short weeks, events are making the apparently fantastic claims look horrifyingly like the truth. Behind the respectable facade of the multinational company which calls itself the 'World's Most Caring Company' lies an outrage against the whole human race?
The last time the dream came, Sam was seven years old; and that was the night her parents were to die. Twenty-five years later, Sam's nightmares are starting to come true once more. Now a successful TV commercials producer, juggling her roles of career woman, wife and mother, she attempts to shut them out. But soon Sam is faced with the reality of dreams in which her life and that of her family are threatened. In desperation, she consults the experts: a psychiatrist; a clairvoyant...but to no avail. Sam is being inexorably drawn into a vortex of terror from which there is no escape.
Ross Ransome is at the top of his profession; one of the most successful plastic surgeons in the business. Such a man would expect his wife to be perfect -- and why not? After all, he has spent enough hours in surgery to get her that way. But when his wife falls ill she turns her back on conventional medicine, and her arid marriage, and seeks help from the world of alternative medicine and a charismatic therapist who promises not just medical salvation. For Ransome, this is the ultimate betrayal. It defies logic, and Ross is a profoundly logical man. Logically, he can see no reason why any man should have his wife when he can't. It's all completely rational.
Happily married Susan and John Carter have the perfect life but for one thing -- they are on the brink of financial disaster. Then the mysterious Mr Sarotzini steps in, offering to save their home and business. His price -- Susan must be the surrogate mother of his child. They agree, but soon things go very wrong. Susan's pregnancy is disturbingly painful, and no-one will tell her why. It soon becomes apparent that Sarotzini wields immense power, and as Susan realises the terrifying origin of the dark forces he controls, she fears for herself, her husband and her unborn baby.
Three muffled thuds ring from the partially filled grave of the newly-wed girl. Only the verger hears them and he dismisses the noise as his imagination. But over the next few days others also hear faint sounds. An exhumation order is granted. Reporter Kate Hemingway sneaks into the small suburban churchyard when the coffin is opened, and the scene she witnesses is so horrific she can never forget it. Kate finds herself caught up in a sinister and macabre cover-up. At the centre is a respected anaesthetist who has a secret obsession. He believes people can exist outside their bodies and that if he can prove it, he will provide the answer to the question: is there life after death?