In The Fish Are on Fire, Mr. O'Brien peels back the layers of intrigue and adventure that engulf a team of investigators from the National Science Foundation. The mystery unfolds as a French research submarine is stolen. An incompetent and narcissistic bureaucrat is placed in charge of the Scientific Investigation Division. The team must discover the whereabouts and fate of a group of geologists that vanished near the western edge of the Sahara Desert. The disturbing answers to the puzzle reveal a grotesque and systematic annihilation of hundreds of innocent people, and hint at an environmental disaster. The horrific discoveries, coupled with the chance encounter between a Norwegian fishing vessel and a converted Russian ice breaker, lead the team into the darkest depths of the slushy, frozen Barents Sea above the Arctic Circle.