When businessman John Dax's adopted son is killed and his wife badly injured in a botched kidnap attempt, the lack of interest on the part of the police prompts him to look further into this apparently unprovoked attack. He employs the services of Harry Bishop, an ex-soldier, late of the SAS to pursue a path that, not known at the time is to lead Bishop and his band into the murky world of the Russian mafia. With the global resources of the Dax business empire and Bishop's network of contacts, no expense is spared in the meticulous care with which the plan of attack is put together. The drama heightens as step by step they disrupt the Russian businesses, leaving no clues to their motives. Their strategy eventually brings them to a confrontation with the shadowy figures of the mafia waiting in the wings in an exciting and fast-paced conclusion.