John Barron was once a top detective in the Los Angeles Police Department's elite 5-2 Squad. A deadly shootout with fellow officers changed his world forever. Taking a new identity, Barron becomes Nicholas Marten.
The President of the USA sends Marten to the West African country of Equatorial Guinea to gain information on alleged collusion between a US oil company and mercenaries hired to protect its workers. Marten is caught up in a bloody civil war between rebellious tribesmen and a merciless dictator. He meets a priest who has clandestine photographs that show the mercenaries supplying arms to the rebels. When the priest is captured by army troops, Marten is determined to find the photographs and turn them over to the president before they are made public and ignite a global firestorm of protest and propaganda. But others are close on his heels...
Murder, suspense and deceit shadow Marten every inch of the way as his harrowing journey. At stake are thousands of human lives caught in the struggle for control of an ocean of oil. The cause is a top secret agreement called The Hadrian Memorandum.