When Mark Mayfield's business fails he remembers a solid gold Buddha that he saw in Thailand while on leave from the Vietnam conflict. He persuades himself that to steal a hundred pounds of gold from the statue's back would really hurt no one. He enlists three life-long friends to join the adventure. Mark spends several months in Thailand building a yacht. The others arrive, the temple is breached, the gold is secured and secreted in the keel of the yacht. When Mark falls in love, drug smugglers kidnap his sweetheart and he goes to the rescue. Sailing home, they are attacked by Thai pirates and they meet intrigue in Kuwait where there is a plot to steal the gold. Finally the four adventurers are on a plane that is hijacked and headed for the Middle East. The story is full of action and as near factual as research can make it.