Tensions between elements of the Indonesian military spill over into a hair-raising plot against Australia. Lots of the action takes place after an Australian passenger plane is shot down in the Indonesian jungle.
When the commander of the vast NATO Ramstein Air Base in Germany, United States General Abraham Scott, is killed in what appears to be a glider accident, Washington reluctantly assigns its only available investigator, washed-up Special Agent Vincent Cooper, to the case.
In Papua New Guinea, primitive highlanders are armed with AK-47's. In the Persian Gulf, a fishing boat has a sinister cargo. At a luxury hotel in Manila, a financial planner' has a rendezvous with men on the world's Most Wanted list. In Israel's West Bank, the unwinnable war continues to rage. And in Canberra, top intelligence and police specialists assemble to find out why terrorists from either side of the world are joining forces in Australia's back yard. Present is Sergeant Tom Wilkes of the Australian Special Air Service Regiment.
While working on a top-secret research program for the US Department of Defense in the freezing waters off Japan, a leading scientist turns up dead, eaten by a monster shark.
US Air Force OSI Special Agent Vin Cooper is hurriedly dispatched to investigate. Cooper, however, has barely begun when he's pulled off the case to look into the death of an old military buddy who died while making a routine parachute jump. Both cases suddenly collide when Cooper finds himself having to parachute out of a plane and into the night-time skies of a hostile Pakistan.