"Memory (mem-(o)-re)" Your name is Dr. Taylor Briggs (Billy Zane). In your mid 30s, you are a medical researcher and the worlds leading medical authority on diseases that affect long term memory function. While delivering a guest lecture in Brazil, youre asked to consult on a medical anomaly: a strange man found half dead at the very headwaters of the Amazon. An MRI of the patients brain indicates massive tumors in all the areas of his brain storing long term memory. Stunned by these results, you examine the patients personal effects and get a strange powder under your fingernails, but can make no sense of whats causing the affliction.
Haunted by what youve seen, you return to your high-rise hotel room. Suddenly, the building is wracked by tremors and a tidal wave of water blows through your door, flooding the hotel room with water surging to the ceiling. Drowning, you punch a hole in the ceiling tiles and swim towards a bright, blinding light. You surface, gasping at air, shocked to find yourself treading water in the middle of a pristine mountain lake surrounded by tall pine trees and distant mountain peaks. Unsure if youre dead or just dreaming, you swim to the shore and spot a figure in a Black Burberry overcoat racing through the woods. You try to follow the person, but trip and find yourself back in your hotel room.
Its morning. Youve been out for twelve hours. Late for your flight, you notice red splotches on the fingers of your right hand. You suspect youve gotten some of the powder from the hospital under your fingernails. Returning to the hospital, you find the patient dead, his room scrubbed clean, his body already cremated. Youre in the hallway wondering what to do when you spy the backpack in a janitors garbage cart. You take the backpack and race for your flight.
Returning back to Boston, you easily slide back into your normal life, but still cannot escape the memory of that haunting figure at the lake. You return to your medical work, centering around Alzheimers Syndrome. We discover that your mother was struck down by Early Onset Alzheimers Syndrome which hit her in her mid 40s. There is a fifty percent chance youve inherited the disease too. So youre a solitary figure, working feverishly for a cure.
But the vision still haunts you when you discover a painting in a swap shop gallery of a figure so eerily similar to the one in your visions. As you struggle to explain what you saw in Brazil, you discover that the patient you consulted on was a geneticist studying a long forgotten ceremony practiced by remote Indians: a ceremony that ancient man and his ancestors might have also practiced for almost two millions of years in our prehistory, a ceremony that allowed people to access memories of their parents lives prior to their own birth. You realize that by accidentally ingesting a tiny amount of the strange powder, you might be accessing memories of your own ancestors. But what youre seeing are the abductions of innocent people. Abductions that occurred a few years before you were even born.
Nefarious crimes perhaps committed by the father you never knew. . .
The father who supposedly died before you were born. Old family secrets are hard to unravel since your Mother can tell you nothing now. And as the truth reveals itself, you will find yourself drawn into the nightmarish world of this shadowy predator. And the stakes are greater than you could ever imagine. Time is running out and youre the only one with the memories to stop it.