Enjoying a show at the Jade Dragon, Tim steps out at intermission, but never returns. Doug finds Tim's body in an alley. The local police dismiss it as a robbery gone bad, but Doug knows there was more to it. Bystanders outside the Jade Dragon saw Tim arguing with a pair of men before walking away with them.
Doug finds files in Tim's office showing he was investigating Japanese infiltration of the Korean Provisional Government in Shanghai; and also digging into the notorious "Green Gang" that controls the opium trade in China, and has deep ties to General Chiang Kai-Shek himself. Tim's friend and fellow reporter, Art "Jonesy" Jones goads Doug into solving Tim's murder. But in Shanghai, danger lurks around every dark corner.