Predicting a political struggle in Cuba when the ailing Fidel Castro dies, the US desperately tries to clear out a top secret (not even the CIA knows of it's existence) chemical weapons storage facility hidden in a naval base on Guantánamo Bay. When the freighter spiriting the weapons away is hijacked, Rear Admiral Jake Grafton is brought in to investigate. Meanwhile, as the chief of Cuba's secret police, Alejo Vargas, maneuvers in to place to take over the country using 30-year-old Soviet missiles, CIA operatives in Havana begin to hear rumors that Vargas has access to biological warheads.
As Fidel Castro lies dying in Cuba, the U.S. awaits the unavoidable power struggle, but unbeknownst to everyone, the President of the United States has hidden secret weapons on Cuba's Guantanemo Bay, and when those weapons are discovered by Cuban factions, only Admiral Grafton can save America from total annihilation
Rear Admirable Jack Grafton, the hero of five "New York Times" bestsellers, returns in a powerful novel, as the United States and Cuba engage in a terrifying game of brinksmanship--a gamble that could break the last military taboo and destroy both countries.