The plot of the novel sets off from that China has to import crude oil to be able to continue with the impressive rate of economic development in which it is for more than 30 years. Without this oil it might not give work to the hundreds of million of citizens who are leaving the field to join the cities, what might give place well to a regression towards a pure and hard communist dictatorship, or More
The action is located at the end of the 2010, when the world crisis that began in 2007 had not still played bottom. The plot of the novel is a consequence of the fact that China has shortage of petroleum to be able to continue with the impressive rate of economic development in which it is by more than 30 years. Without that petroleum it could not give work at the hundreds of millions of citizens that are abandoning the field to incorporate to the cities, what could give place well to a political regression toward a communist pure and hard dictatorship, or to an internal revolution that to throw out of the power to the unique current party, to enter in a situation without precedents that one doesn't know where it would drive. In the Epilogue a series of data and informations are exposed that it draw the current situation of China, and it demonstrates the enormous development potential that has, based on their immense reservations of all type, specially of coal.
Juan possesses a trading company in Switzerland. It is a habitual supplier of petroleum to China. That makes him to be known by the Chinese Government's High Officials.
One day their friend Linda, General Directress of CIA, asks him that transmits confidentially to the President of China, a message of the President of USA that says: "The President of USA wants to transmit you confidentially that it is not creating you internal problems, and that he has a lot of interest in helping in what you requests" . Juan doesn't understand the sense of the message. He asks to Linda if will have in China a political regression toward the radical communism, or a Coup d'Etat that tosses from the power to the communists. Linda doesn't want to explain it to him. She asks him that transmits it, without more thinking. After a lot of trips that Juan must do, it happens. To the 4,15 am, hour of Qatar, the television station by satellite, Al-Jazeera, communicates to the World that strong explosions have taken place in three ship tanks, that was entering and in other three was leaving the Strait of Ormuz, all of which have sunk in their narrower part, and so the Strait has been closed for at least 90 days. The world supply of petroleum is cut in more than 40% during 3 months!. The events succeeds at great speed. The action is increasing in second half of the novel. In the final quarter Juan, without wanting it, will be implied in facts that will put their life in danger when the Coup d'Etat finally takes place violently.