Francis Saxover and Diana Brackley, two scientists investigating rare lichen, discover it has a remarkable property: it retards the ageing process. Francois, realizing the implications for the world of an ever-youthful, wealthy elite, wants to keep it secret, but Diana sees and opportunity to overturn the male status quo by using the lichen to inspire a feminist revolution.
As each scientists wrestles with the implications and practicalities of exploiting the discovery, the world comes ever closer to learning the truth. . .
Trouble with Lichen is a scintillating story of the power wielded by science in our lives and asks; how much trust should we place in those we appoint to be its guardians?