Determined to halt China’s increasing dominance to the east and south, forces within Russia and the United States help push the three countries to the edge of war. In England, Michael Anderson's own fate is tied to the complex events spanning three continents, each of the players seeking to take advantage of the internal conflicts gripping first Moscow, then ultimately Washington and Beijing.
The battle for control of the South China Sea intensifies as Russia and America squeeze China from north and south, their own internal threats not yet resolved. Set immediately after The Trust Of The People, the repercussions of the past move rapidly between Beijing, Moscow and Washington, with Anderson and Markova drawn ever deeper into the complex schemes affecting the Kremlin and U.S. Congress.
Determined to halt China’s increasing dominance, forces within Russia and the U.S. push the three countries to the edge of war, with Michael Anderson once more drawn into a conspiracy of deceit. The U.S. President’s grip on events rapidly spirals out of control, Philippine protests over China's militarisation of the South China Sea turning the Midterm elections into a chaotic scramble for power.
When an unrelenting terrorist campaign pushes Moscow into chaos, Russia exacts revenge on those supporting the terrorists, conflict with NATO almost inevitable. In England, Michael Anderson investigates two deaths, both supposed accidents, and with hardliners and dissidents vying to turn Moscow's crisis to their advantage, Anderson's quest becomes a crucial element in deciding Russia's fate.