You've read about viruses that turn people into zombies. But how about a virus that turns people into madmen, some of whom become creative geniuses?Spurred by her husband's infidelity, a suburban housewife smuggles herself into a wilderness quarantine, hoping to find love and redeem her empty life by writing a great book. But the reality of lifetime exile on an island of madmen -- pirates, a suicidal Indian boy, a licentious cult leader -- is crueler than any daydream. To survive, she'll need to adapt.But adapt how? Nothing in life -- or anyone else's -- has prepared her for this.