Two enemies join forces to rescue a mutual friend kidnapped in Afghanistan, but it seems the US military doesn't want them to succeed.
Notorious Australian assassin, Stonefish, and his elite squad of ex-military officers discover that their best client is missing. American billionaire, Saul Madison, a man not afraid of fixing the world's problems by illegal means, has been kidnapped in Afghanistan, and is slowly sinking into insanity while awaiting execution.
Stonefish can only attempt a rescue if he co-operates with his own deadliest enemy: Hiram Vanderlay, the top US civil servant who nearly destroyed his entire squad. Vanderlay agrees because of the thousands of lives Madison's philanthropy has saved in the past and might save in the future.
These strange allies, Stonefish and Vanderlay, turn out to have even stranger opponents, including the US military as well as the terrorists. Someone who wields considerable power in America clearly doesn't want Madison to return, and the rescue attempt rapidly disintegrates into a suicide mission.
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