THE STEEL BALLOON
A fire at Harwell’s latest experimental reactor, a scientist dying of radiation poisoning and another, Edgar Stein, who commits suicide. All this triggers suspicions of sabotage in David Lovatt, science editor of a national newspaper. He begins to sense a plot when his scoop is suppressed. Teaming up with Elizabeth, Stein’s attractive sister, he uncovers a KGB plot to sabotage Britain’s nuclear industry by blowing up the country’s most advanced nuclear installation at Dounreay in the north of Scotland. For both Lovatt and the girl it becomes a race against time to prevent a renegade Harwell scientist from carrying out his plan and contaminating a large area of the United Kingdom with radioactivity as well as destroying faith in nuclear power as an energy source.