Marc Royce stares down from the helicopter at the Rift Valley slashing across Africa like a scar. Tribal feuds, drought, and dislocation have left devastation. Now Marc sees a new wound - a once-dormant volcano oozing molten lava across the dry landscape as clouds of ash obscure his vision. His undercover assignment is obscured also. Supposedly dispatched to audit a relief organization's accounts, Marc finds himself amid the squalor and chaos of Kenyan refugee camps caught in a stranglehold of corruption and ruthlessness. His true task, however, relates to the area's reserves of once-obscure metals that are now indispensable to high-tech industry. The value of this rare earth inflames tensions on the world's stage and among warring tribes. As Marc prepares to report back to Washington, he seizes a chance to restore justice to this troubled land. But this time, he may have gone too far …?