""...while reading the book, I could almost feel the biting cold... "
This action thriller takes place during winter in the Diomede Islands in the Bering Sea, and in Washington DC. Little Diomede is in the USA, while Big Diomede is in Russia, with only 2.4 miles separating them.
A pregnant 15 year-old girl needs urgent medical attention, which is unavailable in Little Diomede. The Russians agree to take her to their hospital on Big Diomede by one of their helicopters. This is overseen by Dr Carrie Walker and her fiancé, Rake Ozenna, a native of Little Diomede and a soldier with the Eskimo Scouts. However, it soon turns out that this is a whole lot more that a humanitarian gesture - it is the start of an invasion of Little Diomede by Russia, which wants to claim the island as its own.
Meanwhile, in Washington, newly-elected Bob Holland is two days away from taking over from outgoing US president, Christopher Swain. High-powered crisis meetings are held which involves the British ambassador, Stephanie Lucas to decide on the appropriate action to take. Swain is a pragmatist and wants to hold fire, while Holland is gung-ho, and wants to bomb Russia. But the main question is: has this invasion been hatched in Moscow, or is it the work of a lone, ambitious, renegade Russian commander called Vitruk.
On Little Diomede, Ozenna has only two days to use all his military skills and tactics to avoid nuclear war.