The time is October 2001. The place, Baghdad. The villain, Chemical Ali, Saddam Hussein’s cousin. Ali has a new weapon of mass destruction, and this time it’s not made of metal: he plans to weaponize a new and incurable variety of Mad Cow disease for humans, called Creutzfeld-Jakob, but before doing so he needs to be able to vaccinate his True Believers against this deadly virus.
Upon learning about Canadian scientists, Jason Moscovitch, who is working on such a vaccine, Ali recruits a snatch team to kidnap the man. When things go awry, their plan begins to unravel. Will Robert Lonsdale, the CIA’s contract officer trying to foil their efforts be able to identify the Islamic Nationalists in time to save the kidnapped scientist?