A beautiful ballerina and her friend and occassional partner, a Native-American male dancer, are brutally murdered in the practice studio of her home. It is a time of estrangement and talk of divorce from her husband, the first African-American Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and a potential Presidential candidate. His refusal to provide an acceptable alibi and his history of womanizing and abuse makes him the prime suspect. The General Staff and the President, fearful of the potential harm to the military and to the country if the General is indicted, sets up a special team led by Major Hank Costeau, erstwhile research microbiologist, who re-enlisted as an army air force pilot, to prove the General's innocence. From here Hank doggedly follows a plot of intriguing twists and turns till its surprising conclusion.