attorney Jack Swyteck finds himself in the middle of an international
legal battle over a Cuban oil spill that sets him on a deadly mission.
Three summers after the Deepwater
Horizon environmental catastrophe, oil is spewing into the ocean again,
this time from a drilling explosion in Cuban waters just fifty miles
from the Florida Keys. The slick is headed straight for the United
States, but the Cubans refuse American offers to assist with the
cleanup, and threaten to fire on "hostile" U.S. vessels entering their
waters. Backstopping the Cubans is the powerful consortium that owned
and operated the rig, and is tied to the Chinese, Russian, and
Venezuelan governments, who stonewall all inquiries and relief efforts.
Jack and his new wife, Andie
Henning, an undercover agent for the FBI, are honeymooning in the Keys
when Andie is called away on an assignment shrouded in secrecy. Jack,
too, is soon back at work, representing an American woman whose Cuban
husband was killed in the rig explosion. Though the spill occurred in
foreign waters, Jack draws on all his legal know-how to file a wrongful
death suit in a U.S. court and hopefully bring the young widow a
semblance of closure.
Jack's pursuit of the
unimaginably complicated international case plunges him into a dangerous
world filled with treacherous twists that lead him—and Andie—to the
same shocking realization . . . that the looming environmental disaster
may have been no "accident" at all.