A Japanese cargo ship bursts into flames near the Azores, and a gang of pirates speeds to take advantage of the disaster -- but their boat explodes. What on earth is happening? Is it connected to the kidnapping of a top scientist from the streets of Geneva? Or the discovery of an extraordinary underwater graveyard of ships and planes littered across the seafloor?
As Austin and the rest of the NUMA® team rush to investigate, they find themselves drawn into the extraordinary ambitions of an African dictator, the creation of a weapon of almost mythical power, and an unimaginable, audacious plan to extort the world's major nations.
The penalty for refusal? The destruction of the world's greatest cities. Starting with Washington, D.C. . . .