Itâ€™s the largest oil spill in history: a crashed supertanker in San Francisco Bay. Desperate to avert environmental damageâ€”and a PR disasterâ€”the multinational oil company releases an untested â€œdesigner microbeâ€ to break up the spill.
An â€œoil-eatingâ€ microbe, designed to consume anything made of petrocarbons: oil, gasoline, synthetic fabrics, and of course plastic.
What the company doesnâ€™t realize is that their microbe propagates through the air. But when every car in the Bay Area turns up with an empty gas tank, they begin to suspect something is terribly wrong.
And when, in just a few days, every piece of plastic in the world has dissolved, itâ€™s too late...