Newly elected in his own right, Jack Ryan finds that being President isn't getting any easier. Domestic pitfalls await him at every turn, Asia's economy is sinking, while in an already unstable Russia someone may have tried to assassinate the chairman of the SVR, the former KGB, with a rocket-propelled grenade.
Even more disturbing is the identity of the potential assassins. Were they political enemies? The Russian Mafia? Former KGB agents? Or, as Ryan both fears and suspects, is something far more sinister going on? Meanwhile China has a devastating plan to fulfil its own destiny . . .