The secret of what happened to the weapons of mass destruction – if they ever existed, died with Saddam Hussein on the gallows. Or did it? The United Nations teams of nuclear, biological and chemical scientists who searched for the WMDs were on a hiding to nothing, looking for something that Saddam Hussein had had ten years to hide in a landmass the same size as the United Kingdom. All of those involved in the hiding of those weapons had been murdered – some by Saddam Hussein himself, so we are told – or had they? One man who knew a great deal about the research and production of biological and chemical weapons had been sent to the USA just prior to the destruction of the World Trade Centre’s twin towers in September 2001. In the 9/11 aftermath of mass arrests by the CIA, living under an alias, that man was incarcerated, along with some 600 other suspected terrorists, in Camp X-ray at Guantanamo Bay. He was a relative of ‘Chemical Ali’ and had been the instrument of the mass gassing of the Kurdish enclave in Northern Iraq in 1988.
His real identity and his location in Camp Delta – to which all ‘illegal combatants’ were moved in Guantanamo Bay in April 2004 - were known by two parties – one wanted to achieve his release to kill him very slowly to ensure he suffered as much as the thousands of Kurds he gassed with a cocktail of Lewisite and Sarin. The other wanted him released because of his knowledge of where Saddam Hussein had hidden his store of biological and chemical weapons so that they could carry out the postponed atrocity in the UK which had been planned to coincide with 9/11 in the USA.
But how is all this connected to the disappearance of charter yachts in the Caribbean, a British Warship which disappears like the Marie Celeste and a Queen’s ransom of jewels and gold buried on a remote Caribbean island by Blackbeard the Pirate in the 18th Century? To answer those questions, John Gunn is sent to the Caribbean by the British Intelligence Directorate and this assignment leads to a terrifying race against time to prevent a catastrophic terrorist atrocity in London.