The book opens with Snake-Eyes being operated on. During the operation he dreams of his days in Vietnam. Stalker and Snake-Eye's squard is ambushed on the on the road during the Tet offensive. Snake-Eyes follows the ambushers back to their warehouse hideout.
At the same time The Baroness and her brother the Baron DeCobray are visiting that warehouse. The Baron thought he was supplying medical supplies but in reality his money was being used to fight the war. The Baron confronts the two ambushers about the funds, but before during so he ask the Baroness to leave the room. Snake-Eyes busts into the room just as the ambushers shoot the Baron. The Baroness sees this and blames Snake-Eyes for her brother's death.
The Baroness leads a squad of Cobra troops to ambush Scarlet and Snake-Eyes. Hawk tips Scarlet off about the ambush but its too late. Snake-Eyes is still drugged from the surgery and they both are caught. The Baroness exact some revenge of her own.