The Islamic Republic of Iran is plotting to assassinate a potential candidate for the United States presidency . . . not the likely front-runner, but the least likely. Why? Because Tehran knows the least about his public record and would find such a president the most difficult to manipulate or combat. The potential candidate is Dr. Luke Stone, a medic on the battlefields of Vietnam who came home severely wounded . . . and determined to reverse what he sees as a disastrous course for his beloved country. Devising a counterplot to thwart the assassination is the fabulously wealthy and charismatic Franklin Gamaliel Abbott and his select band of former American, British, and Israeli secret agents. As they develop their “con” of the Iranian supreme leader, a novel bait-but-don’t-switch ploy, their intrigue leads the reader to such diverse locations as the Isle of Guernsey, Geneva, the Dijon mustard fields of France, the subterranean headquarters of the vaunted Mossad counterintelligence agency in Tel Aviv, the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee, the premier salmon-fishing water around Vancouver Island in Canada, and the secret inner circles of the grand ayatollah in Tehran. As Abbott’s “monks” match wits with the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps, they grow closer to the relatively obscure American potential candidate with no political experience, counseling him on how to run . . . and not run . . . a campaign in a radically unique political environment. Abbott discovers that he and Luke share a horrifying vision of Western Civilization in peril of destruction by the merging of two global evils . . . the proliferation of Marxist-based nation-states with the malignancy of radical Islamic Jihadism. When the grand ayatollah discovers this is Luke’s world view, the danger to his life is ratcheted up dramatically. Only a stronger America, which understands its true origins as a republic, can hold back that onrushing tide. And when Luke announces that the State of Israel is America’s first line of defense because it is America’s last line of defense, the tension of international intrigue swells. Luke faces what seems an impossible campaign, for most of America’s mass communication elite is determined to ignore him out of contention. The reader is taken through a series of intellect-challenging discussions between Abbott and Luke that strip bare these ultimate issues: Do enough Americans have the will . . . and is there still time?