Inside the Kremlin, the Chairman is dying. Those who vie to replace him struggle in the shadows. Andropov is the leading contender, but the insane, brilliant Boris Gamov is preparing to make a move of his own—if he wins out, the U.S. and Soviet Union will be at war within the year. Enter Donald Briggs O’Meara, the Magic Man. His mission: infiltrate the Kremlin, fake an assassination attempt on the Chairman, and set Gamov up to take the fall. But when the assassination is successful, things being to go wrong fast . . .