An investigation into the disappearance of an ineffective agent, from the now-defunct Secret Intelligence Service at the British High Commission in Accra, reveals a conspiracy to overthrow the governments of the countries in West Africa by subversion, terrorism and tribal civil war.
The cruelty and corruption of the 18th century Portugese, Dutch and British slave-traders who raped West Africa of its human and mineral resources, is easily surpassed by that of 21st Century, power-hungry, West African exiles, ruthless arms dealers, diplomats and politicians on both sides of the Atlantic who are involved in the conspiracy.
Governments can be brought down by subversion, terrorism and civil war. Terrorists need weapons which must be bought with money…lots of it. Gold is money…and in Ghana is the richest gold mine in the world at Sawaba in the Ashanti Region where nuggets as big as walnuts can be illegally panned from the Ofin River and then sold to dealers abroad…just as was done during the 18th Century slave trade.
This is John Gunn's third assignment with the British Intelligence Directorate, which he undertakes while still recovering from a gunshot wound from his previous assignment.