A scenic island in the Caribbean is drifting serenely through the summer, anticipating the independence Britain has promised it. Then, trouble. An explosion in the guesthouse where a wealthy American investor is staying unnerves the British-appointed Prime Minister whose official residence is nearby. An assassination attempt is suspected. But by whom? Possibly Carib insurgents from the islands once-fearsome tribe that now is neatly tucked away on terrain apportioned to it. Or perhaps scoundrels more wicked still. Fortunately the mysterious American, though shaken, is unscathed. Nonetheless, the incident set in motion a far-reaching investigation, leading the island governments senior security officer and his associate to Geneva, Switzerland. There, in the space of two days, a succession of extraordinary events unfolds.