Teksys' shamed CEO Alaric Layton is on trial for murder and corporate espionage. The share price of the trillion-dollar company has tanked. Contracts have been lost and jobs shed. Resentment bubbles both inside and outside the company, not least from son Duke Layton who is looking for someone to blame. The death of roboticist Dr Iversen, unwittingly the chief architect of the downfall, is under investigation. His nephew Erik not only suspects foul play but is out for reprisal. Teksys' global rival Horizon, sniffing a takeover opportunity, suffer a major setback when a very public demonstration fails, handing their initiative to their project competitor - Teksys. But was the failure an accident, or sabotage? A lynchpin witness in Alaric's trial is killed while under Witness Protection. Lieutenant Enna Dacourt is soon in the middle of a mess that is very much of her own making. Not only is she caught in the crossfire and wondering who is shooting, but there's a target on her own back too.