When a two-thousand-dollar a night Atlantic City prostitute extorts her frequent lover, Jag, the enraged presidential hopeful leaves her bleeding to death in her swanky hotel suite and calls in well-placed markers to make sure the crime never comes to light. But an enterprising disbarred lawyer figures it out and demands millions of dollars in cash from Jag to keep it quiet and destroy the evidence.
Faced with not only the evaporation of his hopes for the White House and total disgrace but a murder conviction as well, Jag, who has access to CIA’s compartmented most-secret information, trades intelligence sought by terrorists for the money he needs to save himself.
The money lands in the hands of the former Soviet nuclear chief who escapes the nuclear compound at Arzamas-16 with enough bomb-ready uranium to duplicate the Hiroshima devastation.
This sets off a search that drags protagonist Cam Warfield on a trail from the Russian equivalent of the U.S.’s Los Alamos to Baghdad, Paris, Atlantic City, Tokyo and Washington, where he faces a crucial showdown with his own President of the United States when a Japanese passenger 747 is just minutes off the Los Angeles shore.
When Warfield zeros in on the mole in the innards of government, the full wrath of U.S. intelligence forces is released in repeated attempts to eliminate not the mole but Warfield himself.