The explosion of a Chinese freighter carrying illegal workers in Charleston Harbour is the first sign that someone is capping Chinese interests abroad. After explosions in South Africa and Taipei, Op-Centre roots out the cause: warring factions in the Chinese government.
But still reeling from budget cuts and an almost devastating attack by an electromagnetic pulse explosion, Op-Centre itself sustains a third hit - the removal of Commander Paul Hood, replaced by a three star general from the Army. Op-Centre is now under the control of the Pentagon. Hood's own future exists at the whim of the new president. And the world braces for more attacks . . .