In Indonesia, an American gaming engineer is coerced into parting with cutting edge Artificial Intelligence software. The implications are devastating - it will wreak havoc the wrong hands. A garbled message from his old friend Father Pat West warns President Jack Ryan of impending technology crisis - and that Father Pat is in deadly danger. With the Campus on the trail of the potentially destructive computer programme, Jack races to save his friend. He can ill-afford to waste time, for his opponents back in Washington D. C. are itching for any opportunity for sabotage - could treason be brewing? As the network of theft and deception grows ever more tangled, a sinister plot is taking shape. President Jack Ryan finds himself in his darkest straits yet, with a Chinese conspiracy trailing all the way to the White House...