Annihilation – At the U.S. government’s Area X facility on a Southern coast, cellular biology professor and former U.S. Army soldier Lena undergoes quarantined debriefing about an expedition into an anomaly called “the shimmer”, from which she is the only survivor. In a flashback, Lena’s husband, an Army Special Forces soldier named Kane, returns without warning to their home after having gone missing on a mission nearly a year ago. He remembers nothing of that time and suddenly becomes very ill. A government security force intercepts Lena and Kane on the way to a hospital and brings them to Area X, near where an outer-space object had struck land and a shimmering electromagnetic field began to spread. Psychologist Dr. Ventress recruits Lena into the project, explaining that military teams, including one with Kane, ventured into the shimmer. No one except Kane, now in a coma, ever returned. Lena joins Ventress on a research expedition consisting of them, physicist Josie Radeck, geomorphologist Cass Sheppard, and paramedic Anya Thorensen.