August, 2000. The new millennium has brought with it a new kind of terrorism... Encryption technology keeps the codes for the world's security and communication systems top secret. The profit potential is huge-but deregulating this state-of-the-art technology for export could put a back-door key in the front pocket of spies and terrorists around the world. And when American businessman Roger Gordian refuses to sell his sophisticated encryption program to foreign companies, he suddenly finds his company the object of a corporate takeover-and to say it's hostile doesn't even come close. Gordian is the only man who stands between the nation's military software and a powerful circle of druglords and political extremists who want to put Roger Gordian-and the leadership of the free world-out of business for good...