That is now. Countdown to extinction has begun. The doomsday clock is ticking. The sensational Sixties: the Beatles' invasion unites the world while invasions in southeast Asia divide it. A very clever thief steals an ancient Akkadian cylinder concealing a dreaded secret. A sheltered, brilliant student awakens in chains over an ancient sacrificial altar. A White House operative's assistant is witness to the prototype test of unofficially nonexistent technology. New York, 2010: A reporter starts connecting dots and comes to the terrifying conclusion that something weird is happening out there and it may be too late to stop it coming here.