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Within the realm of the ancientMaya kingdoms of Belize,the key to the riddle of life is sought and found--and it is death.With the Red Dragons refusal to float another dime of American debt, the country teeters precariously at the rim of theMore Within the realm of the ancientMaya kingdoms of Belize,the key to the riddle of life is sought and found--and it is death.With the Red Dragons refusal to float another dime of American debt, the country teeters precariously at the rim of the fiscal equivalent of a black hole. The nations single source for medical care, ARLNAT, struggles to confront its sacrosanct requirement: it must meet its mandated bottom line at all costs. Kabuki accounting and poorly disguised rationing are not being ignored by the new Congress.No friend of socialized medicine, the chairman of the senate Special Committee on Aging learns that something may be wrong with ARLNATs new anti-viral wonder drug, Sisacane.An ally, NIH Director Phillip Quester, advises against any sort of regulatory formality in approaching the drugs Belizean manufacturer. In his Bethesda fiefdom, Quester has the perfect asset for the task: an intelligent, fetching and unintimidating young doctor. As she has in the past, Ginny Blaine is certain to put business first, even when risk abounds. Armed with an innocuous cover, she heads to Belize to sneak a peek under Xibalba Pharmaceuticals tent.But someone else is also hunting in Corozal, a Cayman Islander sniffing the money trails leading from ARLNAT to the private pockets of the top dogs of Xibalba Pharmaceuticals Limited. Brash conman Eddy Logan, crosses swords with Blaine as he works his mark, Xibalbas Wizard of Oz, or so he believes. But Logan badly needs Blaines inside scoop--if he can persuade her to talk.Ginny enlists Glen Cannon to help in assessing genetic materials she filches from a high tech lab inside the XPL plant--a lab that does not exist. Cannon, Stanfords star biophysicist, and Ginnys erstwhile paramour, unexpectedly shows up in Belize. Together they intend to learn the secret of Xibalba Station, an off-the-books XPL outpost nestling inside the jungles of western Belize.As Xibalba moves to put an end to the two headed cur biting at its privates, Blaines mission seems doomed to failure. Despite its inestimable importance, their discoveries may become just a few more of the lost secrets that pepper the colorful Maya landscape.