Moeling, Alabama. This small town in the South is suddenly attracting attention. A powerful Japanese concern, Zatech, is going to build a new state-of-the-art factory there. That is why. But if you look closer, you will find Koji Suda, a private investigator from Japan, in hot pursuit of a missing Japanese businessman. Free trade versus protectionism. The new versus the old. Japan versus the South. Aided by an attractive police officer, Vicky Royce, Suda uncovers a well-conceived criminal scheme that will shake up the very foundation of the mighty Zatech.