A rogue general within China’s People’s Liberation Army has a 25-year plan to smuggle nuclear weapons into the United States. Lieutenant General Kung Yusheng has been the Commander of 22 Base, the secret underground repository of China’s nuclear arsenal, for over 30 years. He is a collector of artifacts owned by famous military leaders, loves American art, and would like nothing better than to bring the United States to its knees.
Amanda Langford has been recently hired by the CIA at the Mission Center for Weapons and Counterproliferation. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Nuclear Engineering, and speaks Mandarin, Korean and Japanese. She discovers that China has produced more highly enriched uranium than had been previously estimated, enough material to produce 20-60 nuclear weapons.
When a nuclear weapon is discovered in San Francisco, it leads to a wild search in the United States for more of the devastating devices, even as a 10-megaton thermonuclear weapon is delivered, and hidden, less than seven miles from the White House.