Members of an international Arctic research team developing a new fuel source are targeted. Labs are destroyed and members killed. At the request of three senators who are on the payroll of "big oil", Canadian team members have their funding cancelled and the police ignore their pleas for help when some are murdered. They are rescued in a joint CIA-FBI operation seeking to protect the new technology. Surviving team members are whisked to safety and recruited to complete their project jointly funded by Japan, Russia and an American scientific foundation. Sabotage continues with a seaborne attack on an offshore drilling platform off Japan and blocking attempts countering patent filings. The Japanese government considers itself at war with oil interests. A blackmailing Canadian Senator is killed by "big oil" and his legacy of secrets is a ticking bomb waiting for discovery threatening both the Canadian government and the oil association. All hell breaks loose when the secrets surface.