"The Committee" has masterminded a fiendish, far-reaching plot rooted in the highest corridors of power. Code name: Tantalus. Tantalus - all the more daring because it is so obvious - strikes at the very lifeline of humanity. Its aim is enormous, horrible, and unknown even to the superpowers. Only one man, Christopher Locke, an unsuccessful college professor, can expose the trail that begins with the brutal execution of every person in an obscure South American town. But even as Locke navigates the labyrinth leading to The Committee and Tantalus, The Committee is hunting him down, using even his most trusted friends against him.