|| In 1950, the young doctor Norton Perina signs up for an anthropological expedition to the remote Micronesian island of Ivu'ivu in search of a rumored lost tribe.The rumors are true but even more compelling is the discovery of a group of feral forrest dwellers the explorers dub "The Dreamers," who defy normal life expectancy while growing progressively more senile. Perina theorizes that the source of their longevity is the meat of a rare turtle, the opa'ivu'eke, that has a mythical status in the island's culture. Determined to discover its secrets, Perina kills an opa'ivu'eke and smuggles it back to the United States. He also brings back three of the dreamers, who are locked in a secret Stanford laboratory. Perina's experiments confirm his hypothesis and overcome the skepticism of his peers, and he is awarded a Nobel Prize. But the international adulation overshadows the unavoidable truth that immortality comes with a terrifying side effect. Nonetheless, eternity's lucrative allure proves irresistible to the pharmaceutical industry, and the ensuing "gold rush" decimates the environment and culture of Ivu'ivu and its surrounding islands. Realizing that his was a Faustian triumph, Perina tries to make amends, but behind his altruistic efforts lie devastating depths of darkness. When his personal demons are brought to light, his entire world falls apart.