While on assignment in Africa, New York investigative journalist Mark Reynolds learns of a disaster in Nigeria. He is the first foreign journalist to arrive at the site of an industrial chemical leak that has killed hundreds.
Digging through a cover of foreign subsidiaries, Reynolds learns that the principal shareholder of the chemical plant is a large U.S.-based corporation, Martinelli Global, Inc. MGI fits perfectly as the poster child for his series of articles on globalization.
But MGI is more than just a multi-national corporation aggressively pursuing profits. MGI has for decades invested in operations in some of the World’s riskiest places to do business using corruption as their business model. To mask their illegal activities from Western regulatory scrutiny, MGI has structured an elaborate web of foreign subsidiaries and tax-haven shell companies.
As Reynolds probes deeper into MGI, his opponent retaliates with its considerable power and influence. The intimidation and violence ratchet upward threatening to destroy Reynolds.