life is finally coming together—he is reunited with his lovely wife,
they have a beautiful baby, and DealCo, his Miami construction business,
is booming with post-Hurricane Andrew contracts rolling in. The future
looks bright...until the night that his house is engulfed by an
arsonist's flames and his wife is terribly burned.
Unbeknownst to him, Deal has
stumbled into the path of the sickly sweet plans of sugar cane magnate
and Cuban imigri power broker, Vicente Luis Torreno, a man obsessed by
his dreams of a repatriated Cuba and the juicy profits of the sugar
monopoly he is sure will come with it.
Torreno's sugar-coated influence reaches to the highest levels of the
U.S. Government, a fact that more than complicates Deal's efforts to
find out who is responsible for this latest tragedy and to avoid joining
the string of bodies that litter the South Florida landscape, all the
way from the vast cane fields of Lake Okeechobee to the shores of
small construction business that is helping rebuild Miami after
Hurricane Andrew, John Deal is sure his life is finally coming together.
But when an arsonist destroys his house and almost kills his wife, Deal
is plunged into mortal combat with a wealthy Cuban emigrant who has his
own plans for the city--including Deal's little piece of it.