In the midst of a cutthroat mayoral election, a ship smuggling Chinese refugees runs aground on Alcatraz. With the entire crew murdered, the crime screams professional assassin. Is it a coincidence that Cape Weather's friend Sally-trained to be a deadly force by a Chinese secret society- has disappeared? The private investigator knows little about Sally's murky history as an orphan in Hong Kong. But she has saved his butt umpteen times, and Cape wants to return the favor. With help from a neurotic cop, a drug lord, and an autistic computer genius, he scours the darkest corners of San Francisco's Chinatown searching for the "snakehead"-the leader of the human smuggling ring-that will lead him to Sally.
From the ancient Triads of Hong Kong to Chinatown's underground, this electrifying thriller penetrates the sinister and fascinating world of organized crime.