In 1907 Tom Hornbuckle has staked his claim along the bank of Fish Creek (north of Fairbanks and the Chena River). He makes a startling find of gold and completes plans to insure no one will take if from him. Hornbuckle is killed by claim jumpers, but not before he has sent his lovely Irish wife a quartz rock imbedded with gold. Ninety-five years later....
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An international consortium of economic power seeks out the same gold, as a hedge against a collapsing stock market they would trigger in the United States and Europe. To seek revenge for past failures, they would bring America to her knees.
Brad Milner, a special anti-terrorist consultant for the FBI, follows the trail of a murdered young woman whose only mistake was to rediscover a gold strike lost in the frozen earth of Fairbanks, Alaska.
Milner discovers that sometimes winning is worse than losing as he himself becomes the primary suspect in a murder. He has no defense - except his own clandestine past.