Caught up in the Korean Police Action of the 1950s, a Marine Reservist is captured by North Korean forces and subjected to mind washing, as labeled by his communist captors.
Repatriated after months of severe psychological and physical torture, the marine finds himself in a recuperation ward at the Army Hospital in San Francisco. Efforts to diagnose and treat his strange behavior, triggered by the playing of the song Autumn Leaves, is undertaken to defend against a new form of warfare.
His fiance makes every effort to aid in the marines recovery by joining him in Washington, DC, where a sudden windfall and position at the Bureau of Standards leads to his involvement in international intrigue and espionage.
A manual, eventually defined as a manifesto, is discovered outlining the methods by foreign agents to destroy the economy and culture of the United States. Agents of the Central Intelligence Agency and US Army Intelligence work to uncover the destructive nature of the plot and those responsible.
While fictional in nature, the reader will find both historical and current events woven through the story.
High suspense leads to an emotional finale as an aged woman recalls a long ago prophesy, asking the reader to decide how it relates to modern-day America.