The Protectors is about a scientist whose name is Ryker Wayne. At a young age, Ryker's mom is diagnosed with cancer, and after a long battle, she succumbs to the effects and dies. Ryker is traumatized by this loss and swears to break the DNA code and cure cancer.
At twelve years old, he enters Harvard Medical School and excels. His acumen is found in chemistry and genetics. Two scientists he befriends, Chen Koo and Anton Karpov, become compatriots with his desire to break the DNA code. Years later, he begins to publish articles explaining his plans to alter the DNA of predators so that the military can use them in clandestine operations. After successfully developing the program for the military, his true love emerges, and he wants to try this on humans. The book takes off from there into a world of nuclear destruction and post-Big Exchange life for those who survive. Upon this scene, Ryker's giant Protectors are introduced. He regulates the growth of boys five to seven years old and turns them into giants between fourteen and fifteen feet tall with all the capabilities to fight predators one-on-one and win.