Osama bin Laden is dead. Saddam Hussein is buried. Baghdad
lies in ruins.
Now the eyes of the world are on Jerusalem as Jon Bennett--
a Wall Street strategist turned senior White House advisor--
his beautiful CIA partner Erin McCoy and the U.S. Secretary
of State arrive in the Middle East to meet with Palestinian
leader Yasser Arafat.
On the table: a dramatic and potentially historic Arab-
Israeli peace plan, of which Bennett is the chief
architect. At the heart of the proposed treaty is the
discovery of black gold deep underneath the Mediterranean-a
vast and spectacular tract of oil and natural gas that
could offer unprecedented riches for every Muslim,
Christian, and Jew in Israel and Palestine.
With the international media closely tracking the story,
the American message is as daring as it is direct: Both
sides must put behind them centuries of bitter, violent
hostilities to sign a peace treaty. Both sides must truly
cooperate on drilling, pumping, refining, and shipping the
newly found petroleum. Both sides must work together to
develop a dynamic, new, integrated economy to take
advantage of the stunning opportunity. Then--and only then--
the United States will help underwrite the billions of
dollars of venture capital needed to turn the dream into
But in the shadows lie men whose hearts are filled with
evil--men who do not relish a post-Saddam era, men for whom
the prospect of a Palestinian peace accord with Israel goes
against everything for which their fathers have fought and
died. Such men--and the countries that finance them--are
ready to do anything necessary to slaughter those who stand
in their way. The clock is ticking. Can Bennett, McCoy, and
the American President make peace before the Middle East
once again erupts in war?