I'll try not to make this too much of a spoiler. I'll keep it to "book jacket level detail." My next book will be called Sapient and it will be out later this fall.
The heroine in the story is the mother of an autistic son. After being abandoned by her husband during her post-doctoral years at the discovery of their son's condition, she has thrown her heart and soul into discovering a cure. Her specialty is gene therapy, but it is decades away from being ready for human trials. Her research subjects are the rats and dogs so common in today's laboratory environments.
One day, unexpectedly, she finds that one of her rats has shown a significant jump in intelligence. However, there is a problem. The virus used to transfer the genes to the research animals proves to be especially virulent. The Centers for Disease Control steps in to lock down her program, effectively halting her research on autism. Simultaneously, the Department of Defense wants to understand how their top secret military programs can benefit from animal intelligence.
She must ensure that her research doesn't end up in a classified warehouse, unable to benefit the community that she's devoted her entire adult life to serving. Even more important, she must figure out how it can benefit her son.