A terrible explosion destroys the Pasteur Institute in Paris, leaving cyber-wizard Marty Zellerbach in a coma, and one of the world's top computer scientists - Émile Chambord - missing. Although a terrorist group takes credit for the bombing, American and British officials wonder whether there might be even more sinister forces at work. When Lt. Col Jon Smith learns his old friend Marty is seriously injured, he plans to leave for Paris immediately. But then Nathan Klein, the shadowy chief of Covert-One, shows up with an assignment - find Dr. Chambord who, it transpires, has built the world's first working molecular computer. The implications if it falls into the wrong hands are terrifying... From Paris to London, Brussels to Algiers, Smith searches for Chambord, uncovering a web of deception on the brink of reshaping Europe and destroying the United States.