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The roots of the international conflict and energy dependency were established during the Cold War. The story begins inside the secret Russian city of Akademgorodok where the first students of the new university begin their political and scientific careers. Kozma, Yuri, Anton, Maya, Vera, and others vow glory for the Soviet Union.
Much like a butterfly's wings can amplify into weather affecting a continent on the other side of the globe, the lives of these Russian students and their American counterparts will affect the history of the world. Meteorologist Ron Palmer begins a career with the National Hurricane Service that intersect the lives of those that wish to exploit the butterfly effect.
A bitter feud with Russia leaves China without a dam builder and a young Chinese boy's grandfather fills the gap. His real legacy is not the Sanmenxia Dam, but his grandson who will become China's leader. Zhang will forge a new future for China, solving simultaneous problems of overpopulation and a need for energy.
America's Cold War victory leaves the nation without a purpose and it fades into consumerism and dependency upon foreign energy. The Siberian forests which once frustrated the Soviet Union's leaders now become an international weapon for dividing America from its allies. Europe recedes in importance and America becomes alone.
Russia becomes stronger than the old Soviet Union and opportunistic China gets to choose the winner in every international conflict. A battle for the Arctic petroleum resources threatens America and her fading allies. Memory and past scientific investments allow America to counter the dangerous energy politics of the new world. The young students from the Cold War and their children repeat some chapters of history, but with new twists and new allegiances.
America's genetic legacy saves it as new leaders counter the ambitions of those who suffered in the Cold War. The future is not certain, but it is hopeful.