Val Gordon recreates bones in a laboratory at Hadley Scientific, an enterprise that, among other things, supplies the world’s need for fossilized skeletons. There’s nothing unusual about this; museum demand far exceeds supply in this field. Using precision instruments, Val does his part to meet demand.
Uncle Sam paid for his college degree, in exchange for his service as a US Marine. His service in Afghanistan, and in the Marines, ended over a decade ago, but the discipline remains with him. He works ridiculous hours–5 a.m. to 7 p.m.–and is deeply devoted to his employer and to science.
He’s also devoted to his family. Two daughters and a wife who have brought a softness to his life that he missed during his years of active duty. His life today is a far cry from the savagery of military service. A good job, a loving family. With them to come home to every night, he finds his old world fading deeper into memory.
Until his two worlds collide.