LONG LIFE HAS EVER been a strong human desire; from stories about the mythical Fountain of Youth to ones about mice whose longevity is extended in laboratories worldwide. This desire is reflected, too, in greetings from many cultures. For example, in Polish a popular toast rings out, “Sto lat!” (One Hundred Years). The Irish say, “May you live to 100 years, with one extra year to repent,” and the list could go on. In spite of the fact that today many people are living longer, unfortunately, where one lives in the world plays a significant role. A typical lifespan in underdeveloped countries ranges from lows in the 30s and 40s to highs in the early 80s in economically advantaged places. There are even cases of exceptional people living to 110 to 122 years of age in these latter places; but those are ceilings that very few attain.This book is a story about the quest for longevity and what it does to a group of people living in Honolulu, Hawai‘i, where some say paradise has been achieved despite an absence of atypical lifespans. It is also about greed and the lust for mega riches, which beckon particularly among people who pursue immortality, or at least life extension. It is also a love story of young people living in the present.Sam Kessler has been away from these islands since his undergraduate studies at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. He earned his law degree on the Mainland and engaged in a successful five-year career as a lawyer in the criminal section of the Social Security Administration. Now Sam has decided to move back to Hawai‘i. He isn’t alone. His new girlfriend, Kate O’Malley, is with him as part of a teacher exchange program. Kate and Sam met in Florida where they helped solve a series of murders. In Hawai‘i, Sam reunites with old friends from his college days at UH Mānoa. He is especially close to his classmate, Kimo Kahale.Sam investigates and solves a murder, which is connected to the secretive Project Enoch Research Center (PERC) located near the Mānoa campus. The center provides opportunities for select faculty members from the university to have access to technologies second to none. It also provides graduate internships for students from that university. Researchers at PERC are immersed in the excitement of the quest for longer life, a search pitting idealistic researchers against greedy corporate operatives.Amid the beauty of today’s Hawai‘i, Sam moves towards solving the murder of a young Russian research associate. Along the way, Sam and Kate strengthen their relationship and enjoy the romance of the Islands together, but not without some detours. A cast of colorful characters appears. Among them at PERC are its Director, Dr. Tomokazu Tanaka; his head assistant, Vladimir Sobolevsky; and two researchers who divide their time between PERC and the Mānoa campus, Ilima Costa and Dr. Robert Jenkins. Members of two drug conglomerates also become involved: Nikolas Serov, an operative for a Russian pharmaceutical company, and Henry Fuller, the owner of a drugstore chain in Hawai‘i. Henry’s granddaughter, Faith Fuller, also plays a role, particularly as the fiancée of Dr. Jenkins.Overshadowing all are questions about who will find the formula for long life and what they do with it.