Karamatsov’s attempt to overthrow the Soviet government has failed and now his army is headed east toward China. What is in China? Why is he heading there? Rourke and his allies decide to find out. In China they find that there are survivors. Two underground cities that were build have survived. The first is ruled by an enlightened democracy. The second by an autocrat who has taken the name of Mao.
Karamatsov is looking to seize the pre-war nuclear arsenal of China. He knows where the weapons are buried and plans to blackmail the world with destruction if he’s not given absolute power. Now Rourke and his new Chinese allies must stop Karamatsov’s plan otherwise the world faces total destruction.
So more survivors are discovered. The human race is very adaptable. The first Chinese city offers new allies with an advanced civilization. Also a new enemy in the second city. Whose people have descended into barbarism. Karamatsov is shown to be a total megalomaniac and willing to destroy the entire world for his personal ambition. A side story also has a possible Nazi infiltration of the Eden base and Kurinami has to fight for his life. Another excellent book in the series.