Before Jack Ryan was President or head of the CIA, he was a historian, teacher and ex-marine living in England. When the CIA and SIS asked him to come aboard as an analyst, Jack quickly accepted. Then a defector told him an amazing tale: the Soviets were planning to assassinate Pope John Paul II. Could it be true?
Ryan must first confirm the plot and then prevent it, but nothing has prepared him for this - not only is the Pope's life at stake, but the stability of the Western world . . .