Constance "Connie" Gueyer and Peter Tarker each conduct research in laboratories at Bailey Medical College in New York City. Connie is a 48 year-old virologist (the study of viruses) and working with the Congo River virus. Peter is a 37 year-old geneticist (the study of genes). Virology and genetics are closely connected, so getting each other's opinions at work was the excuse they used to get together. They soon had a relationship going. Connie feels a bit self conscious due to the age difference between them. So she decides to take things slowly. Connie's studies show her the region of the brain that seems to control aging. Since Peter has identified the factor that causes aging, they begin an intense collaboration. The results set the scientific community on its ear! |
Then Connie sees Peter with his young assistant and believes (wrongly) the worst. In a moment of depression, and while under the influence of some medication, Connie takes a dose of the viral preparation they have been using in tests with lab mice. Shortly afterward though, the mice in those tests began to have serious problems.