Simulated Human Intelligence Anatomic Module… known as SHIAM.When retired ASID agent Zak Harris walked into Grimrok Corporation, he had no idea he was about to be sucked into a vortex of intrigue. In a world that has transitioned from swords and sorcery to an age of lasers and sorcery, Zak must overcome his animosity towards his father’s people and join forces with a rebellious Elvish sorceress to unravel a mystery that could have catastrophic consequences.When the Institute sends a rebellious Elvish sorceress, Megan, to assist him with his investigation, Zak’s assignment becomes even more complicated. Not only does he learn that he is bound by fate to the antagonistic Elf, but she is also linked to a dark secret from his past.Together, they must somehow learn to get along and find out what happened to the SHIAM. Was the theft an act of industrial espionage? Was it an act of sabotage carried out by the Elvish right wing EAST Group? Or was it an act of terror carried out by the Orkensha militants known as the Dhoraz Sect?As Zak and Megan search for answers the mystery only grows darker. Five Elvish activists are found murdered. One is Megans friend. An unstable portal, wrapped in an esoteric blend of sorcery and technology, is discovered. Something is trying to come through the portal. Are these events connected to the missing SHIAM?Time is running out. Zak needs answers. Worse yet, he suspects someone is playing them.This is book 1 of a two-book story.