The Synopsis of Juniper Crescent

Picture a miracle operation that can not only cure hereditary diseases like muscular dystrophy, but also strengthens the human body and senses beyond human capacity. This operation was perfected by a research group that recently received FDA approval to make the operation public. One of the first to receive the operation is Oksanya (pronounced Ox-on-ya)Vor Tallen, daughter of construction tycoon Darren Vor Tallen. With a love of running and suffering from Duchenne`s muscular dystrophy, the genes of a cheetah were implanted via a retrovirus into her system, healing her and giving her the power to run a mile in under two minutes. (The world record for the mile is three minutes, forty seconds.) Other changes have occurred as well. A vast array of spots have appeared on her back, arms, legs and up to her cheeks, her eyes have an orange tint to them, and she must relearn to eat a human diet. But the best thing is that her disease was cured.

While things are good for her, society and the culture are -and are not- so accepting. Many see this as nothing less than the next great thing for humanity, while others view it as human monstrosity unleashed. Violence occurs from both sides, and prejudice rears its ugly head in its many forms. Many of the others who have had the operation turn to Michael, who vows that he will bring it to an end. Some find solace in trusting Oksanya, as she is not one who holds a grudge or a vendetta, unlike, Michael, who was the first to successfully receive the operation who was mixed with a Bengal Tiger. Sides are chosen between the Isis, those who have received the animal infusing operation, and the ‘Pure Humans.’ Slander muttered under people’s breaths become mob violence, and threatens to escalate larger than anyone expects. The Isis are stronger than anyone has dreamed possible, but things look grim in the face of defending their humanity.

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