Harrison’s Daughter is the story of a man who returns after thirty years of captivity, hoping to reunite with the woman he was forced to leave behind, only to find her daughter Whitney in her place. Both Harrison and Whitney assume he is her father, yet despite an initially rocky start, an unlikely and unorthodox romance develops between them. More
In Harrison’s Daughter, a terrorist organization has developed a biological weapon genetically engineered to affect only people of non-Caucasian makeup. In order to perfect the weapon and carry out other unethical experiments, the group has kidnapped biologists around the world and forced them into virtually slave labor.
Harrison Bonnell and his sister are top-flight microbiologists and when his sister is among those taken, he sets out to both find her and neutralize the weapon before it can be used as a form of ethnic cleansing.
In this mission, Harrison teams up with Courtney Blanchard, a friend of the family, who is a cable news journalist known for her powerful investigative skills, and has connections with international intelligence services. Together, they set out to find word about Harrison’s sister Natalie, while seeking clues to the identity of the terrorists and a means to stop the weapon that has been tested on civilians around the world. After obtaining samples of tissue of those killed by the weapon, they are chased into hiding in a secure facility where Harrison can study the specimens in search of a cure. To complete the process, Harrison must access a computer more powerful than what is available at the lab. Knowing that, however, the terrorist group has laid a trap for him and capture him when he leaves the secure.
Now, Harrison is one more biologist in their hands. Their purpose, beyond developing the so-called ethnic bomb that Harrison tried to neutralize, is to find cures and medical advances that will be made available only to their clients who operate the cabal. Harrison learns that these secret operations have been ongoing for decades and the group has successfully cloned human beings on a wide scale and in so doing, have also discovered the means to speed up or slow down human aging, up to a certain point, all of which they’ve withheld from the rest of the world. Now, they want Harrison and the others to improve on the age-controlling process, by learning to extend lifetimes into centuries, of course only for the use of themselves and their clients.
They do force Harrison to undergo the same life-extending process, which will leave him in their hands for more at least a couple hundred years. If he does not cooperate, they will seal him up in solitary confinement. Rather than waste his life entirely, Harrison sets to work, hoping that whatever he achieves will one day reach the rest of humanity.
Secretly, however, as he carries out the work they demand, he also devises a way to eventually break open the prison, although it takes thirty years to free himself and his fellow researchers.
Throughout his confinement, Harrison constantly dreams of finding Courtney again; now knowing the secret to slowing and even reversing aging, he hopes to find her while she is still alive and apply the process to effectively return her body to the equivalent of her thirties, to match his own, so they can both live together for the rest of the time the process gives them. Therefore, from the moment he escapes, everything in his life is pointed toward returning to the lab where he last saw her.
What he finds, however, is not Courtney, but a woman who looks like Courtney of thirty years ago. At first, believing his love has already been treated with the age-changing process, he is overjoyed, until the woman before him shows no awareness of who he is, and in fact, turns him away, spurning him entirely. The woman is Whitney, Courtney’s daughter, who was of course born after Harrison disappeared.