On New Year’s Eve 2011, blackbirds die in a small U.S. town by the thousands. Nearby, 80,000 drum fish wash up on the Arkansas River and more birds perish before a wave of unsettling animal deaths seems to sweep the globe. In Brazil, a hundred tons of fish turn up near shore. In Romania, starlings perish in the snow and in New Zealand, snapper wash up on a beach, some bizarrely missing their eyes. Are these deaths connected? Is a new global environmental catastrophe on the horizon or could possible secret scientific projects be to blame? After ruling out a number of causes of death – from lightning and high winds to poisons and diseases – investigators uncover vital clues into the blackbirds’ death…and information about our own remarkable pattern-finding power that allow us to bring light to a sometimes dark and confusing world.