Lucien smiled his world-wise seductive smile."" Lucien grins at everything. He's an observer, an itinerant, brilliant playboy whose ambition is ""simply to exist...they don't deserve my best, or even my worst."" ""They"" is the world of which his wife, a biologist, is very much a part. So much so that she and her fellow scientists are whisked away by some devious forces to a secret place in the mountains to complete the X-factors in ""Project Nevermore."" Lucien goes along and finally finds that he must participate after discovering that they are all the victims of a nefarious scheme which will give a few scientists and Gestapo-oriented military men a final solution...""Nevermore"" has produced an immortality drug. There are a few snags: Catch 23, 24 and 25 is that it sterilizes, it stifles intelligence and you have to have a dose a day to keep the mortician away. Along with this embroilment, a sub-plot concerns Lucien's relationship with his wife who has a psychological block about love (due to a pre-puberty rape). There are a lot of Ayn Randian rantings but it's a non-thinking man's Atlas Shrugged. The plot is too preposterous to bear all that very heavy philosophy.