The United States and Russia are preparing Operation Pit Bull, a high-tech war game involving the best of the former adversaries' navies. At stake are not only new weapons systems and future arms sales, but also the integration of Russia's armed forces into a new, civiliam-controlled order. Old-guard hardlines in Ukraine, led by General Paul Normav, have their own agenda: provoking the long time Cold War antagonists into a nuclear-tipped shooting war that will make Ukraine the center of a re-created Soviet Union. Nation Security Agency staffer Bill Lane suspects Normav's intentions. Can he convince his superiors and the Russians, while dodging assassins, before Pit Bull turns from an exercise into grim reality?