Admiral Jake Grafton is working counter terrorism in the wake of the September 11 attacks when Janos Illin the highly placed Russian intelligence agent from AMERICA delivers chilling news: a rogue general has sold four nuclear warheads to a radical Qaeda affiliated terrorist faction. Smuggled out of Pakistan after a vicious firefight, the deadly weapons are believed to be headed for the United States. Taking the report to his superiors, Grafton is charged by the president with assembling a secret team and uncovering the plot before America's population centers are consumed in the flames of nuclear holocaust.
But with billions of dollars to be made in terrorism and counter terrorism, a plot of this scale and sophistication draws investment from unlikely sources some of these very close to home. And it soon becomes apparent that the Dark Age Jihadi terrorists are backed by a shadowy clique of tech boom capitalists, disgruntled Cold Warriors, and money grubbing traitors within America's intelligence community. They come from Russia, Egypt, and the United States. And whether they're in it because of lust for power, obsession with money, or all consuming hatred, they are joined in a conspiracy so secret, so powerful, and so invisible that Grafton will need to mobilize every resource at his disposal to ensure the unthinkable does not become the inevitable . . . .
To that end, Grafton calls out his biggest guns, all familiar faces from previous Coonts bestsellers: the indomitable Toad Tarkington and CIA super spy Tommy Carmellini. But he'll need more than that, and soon Grafton is reactivating old friends, contacts, and even enemies to form the most elite anti terrorist team in history. Now, incorporating the most advanced spying technology with know how, guts, and determination, Grafton's team must do the impossible: uncover a s20conspiracy that threatens civilization and stop it!