After Iraq, a lull .... then the opening stages of the Third World War; more confusing and terrible than those of any war in history. Hundreds die in the Indian Parliament in Delhi. The President of Pakistan is assassinated. A US military base is hit by a North Korean missile.
America and Britain discover chilling links between the attacks. But the American President Jim West wants to avoid another war. Mary Newman, his young and brilliant Secretary of State, disagrees. She is convinced that America needs to make a pre-emptive strike - and swiftly.