His pursuit of ball lightning will take him far from home, across mountain peaks chasing storms and deep into highly classified subterranean laboratories. As he slowly unveils a new frontier in particle physics. Chen’s obsession gives purpose to his lonely life, but it can’t insulate him from the real world’s interest in his discoveries. He will be pitted against scientists, soldiers and governments with motives of their own. A physicist who has no place for moral judgement in his pursuit of knowledge. A beautiful army major obsessed with new ways to wage war. A desperate nation facing certain military defeat.