A prologue, set in 1945, tells us that Japan, while surrendering to military might, plans an ultimate victory based on economics.
Fast-forward to the mid 1990s. gorgeous Alison Carey is an intern in the Los Angeles branch of a prestigious Washington law firm. Kevin Daulton has his eye on her from the day she walks in, and he humors her when she says she has seen Calvin Lederer, the head of the firm, conferring with Japanese businessmen on Guam. The firm's client, Reynolds Tyler, is well known for his anit-Japanese views.
Meanwhile in Tokyo, the CEO of a prominent electronics manufacturer meets with other members of the secret Sonno group. The group financed Toshio Miyaki when he was an impoverished youth at the end of the war. Now, as a leading businessman, he helps the group in its empire-building aims.
When a Senator, acting on a tip one of her aides has received, asks about a mysterious fund supposedly established in Japan at the end of the war, the Sonno Group is shaken. The aide, who pursues the question of the "O" fund, is murdered. The Senator picks up the investigation. Alison's sister's vacation pictures, several of which show Lederer with the Japanese businessmen, are stolen. Kevin is fired for trying to get information about the Japanese connection.
While the U.S. president is in Japan for a summit conference on economics, the Sonno Group, using its leverage in hundreds of American corporations, engineers a dramatic collapse of the stock market. Unless the Senator, the two lawyers and their contacts in government can intervene in time, Japan will win the economic war by destroying the entire American economy.
This report prepared by David Gordon