Detective Benjamin Fuller and his assistant, veteran Air Force fighter pilot Henry Cooper, continue to track down the Anarchists who threaten the existence of the fragile, post-nuclear war collection of American states. At the same time, Communist Mexico threatens invasion.
The Anarchists expand their efforts, launching a series of terrorist attacks designed to target elected leaders and cause Americans to abandon the interim government.
Things are only further confused when Conscience -as the media has come to call the masked individual Fuller and Henry have been seeking -saves Fuller's life.
Emma Aiden, niece of Senator William Aiden, and girlfriend of Henry, contends this is more evidence that Conscience is not an Anarchist, and can be trusted. Fuller is undecided. Henry remains unconvinced.
Henry's relationship with Emma is not only strained by this, but by his investigation which implicates her uncle in massive financial fraud that could be related to the Anarchists.