Andrew Falcon is the youngest partner in the history of prestigious New York investment bankers Winthrop, Hawkins. His rise has been meteoric; his salary runs to seven figures. But now he is about to make the biggest mistake of his career. Four years down the line, the company Falcon set up has gone bust and not a single financial establishment on Wall Street will touch him. When the National Southern Bank finally offers him a job, it's Falcon's biggest hostile take-over bid in history. But there is also a hidden agenda. In Michigan a small-time hitman is murdered. In Montana the chairman of the Federal Reserve dies suspiciously. And in Washington a securities expert sells shares to the President of the United States. Behind the scenes an elite organisation, its power built on secrecy, is influencing multi-million-dollar decisions. As Falcon clinches his deal, he realises that the take-over is only the beginning of a corrupt and sinister attempt to ruin him - and bring the nation to its knees.