In The Paradise Paradox, paradise sits in the middle of the North Pacific. It is the happiest and wealthiest nation in the world and even the super powers are envious. Although a small island, Elysium has the largest GDP per capita of any nation, and to the annoyance of the rest of the democratic world, it is a constitutional monarchy.
Nuclear codes to an American sub are stolen off Marisa Snow, an officer in an influential peace organization. King Austin the Second, the undisputed ruler of Elysium, has been thrust onto the world stage by growing conflicts with the United States and China. Telean Marvel, a dockworker, is captured and forced into the servitude of a mysterious captain of a cruise ship.
An American nuclear sub goes missing of the coast of Oregon, and Elysium is suspected. King Austin must deal with allegations from the President of the United States and the rising oil prices the President has thrust upon this small nation. A rebellion springs up in the mountains in response to new tariffs King Austin has implemented, rising oil prices, and rumors that he is slowly going insane. The only person he is said to listen to is his mysterious girlfriend, Aurelia.
Marisa flies to Los Angeles to meet with a source, and by the time she returns, Elysium has changed completely. The rumors of the King's insanity are as strong as ever. The rebellion is growing and the King is rising to crush it. After meeting with the King and finding him much changed, Marisa goes in search of her lover who has disappeared to join the rebellion.
Telean discovers an anomaly in the West Bay of Elysium while exploring it on the Captain's orders. The Captain kidnaps Telean's daughter and by the time she is returned to him, his ex-wife has fled Elysium and he must seek the protection of the rebels if he has any hope of getting off the island alive.
American warships appear on the horizon one morning and Marisa, Telean, and King Austin's tales intertwine as each takes a different approach to the chaos. The Chinese discover the sub in the West Bay while doing flyovers of the island, and the Americans form a blockade around the island.
The Paradise Paradox is a gripping adult novel depicting a situation that could happen tomorrow. Unbeknownst to the reader and main characters, there is a much bigger plot going on and the events leading to the American blockade and the rebellion are not random. The Paradise Paradox is not a story of David vs. Goliath, but rather one that tells the tale of how paradise can be corrupted by human nature and that nothing perfect lasts forever.