It is the future. The earth has been devastated by a nuclear holocaust and humanity is trapped under the iron fist of a new world government. But the promises of salvation are lies and a fate even more terrible awaits mankind. The secret organisation known as SPIRAL, the last line of defence against global chaos, has been forced underground. They are powerless, it seems, against the might of the military and their propaganda. And now, it appears that SPIRAL has been betrayed by one of its own. Only Carter, their toughest agent, might prevent SPIRAL's most guarded secret falling into the hands of the enemy. But not even Carter has faced an enemy who is prepared to destroy the entire planet to get what he wants.