Razio Yamata is one of Japan''s most influential
industrialists, and part of a relatively small group of authority
who wield tremendous authority in the Pacific Rim''s economic
He has devised a plan to cripple the American greatness, humble the
US military, and elevate Japan to a position of dominance on the
Yamata''s motivation lies in his desire to pay off a Debt
of Honor to his parents and to the country he feels is
responsible for their deaths -- America. All he needs is a catalyst
to set his plan in motion.
When the faulty gas tank on one Tennessee family''s car leads to
their fiery death, an opportunistic U. S. congressman uses the
occasion to rush a new trade law through the system. The law is
designed to squeeze Japan economically. Instead, it provides Yamata
with the leverage he needs to put his plan into action.
As Yamata''s plan begins to unfold, it becomes clear to the world
that someone is launching a fully-integrated operation against the
United States. There''s only one man to find out who the culprit is
-- Jack Ryan, the new President''s National Security Advisor.