Grafton and Tarkington have uncovered a real rats nest involving two factions in Russian government; One side wants to move forward away from socialism and other prefers communism. The hardliners are backed by strong forces in the military who are planning a nuclear catastrophe. Grafton has to move fast and uncover the plot without endangering the current progressive political powers in Russia. He has also found the trail of missing nuclear weapons and their alarming destination. The pieces are all there to solve all of this; the challenge is how to do it without setting off a firestorm.