700 American soldiers including 400 Special Forces operate in Laos and Cambodia. The first mobile W54 SADM backpack nuke is in theater under the control of Green Beret Major Neil Sheldon.
Major Sheldon's five year old daughter Makena lectures her teacher on the evils of indoctrination: "Miss Waters, television sells lies to the public" and "Freedom is not free". Neil said he taught her everything she needed to know.
Special operators Ryan and Carter are coked up. They fly Lieutenant Kate Brady to the border of Laos to bury the backpack nuke in a minefield. They crash their Huey but are saved by Tien, a local boy, who pulls them from the burning cabin. They are captured and they talk. Except Tien, who has not spoken since his parents were killed.
Sheldon is assigned the assassinations of president Diem of South Vietnam and his brother Nhu. He intends to fake his own death and disappear with Lieutenant Margot Shriver. They recruit Derek Tanner, a young sergeant fresh out of sniper school. Special Forces Mike "High" Wire flies them to the crash site on a rescue mission. But it was no rescue mission, it was a setup a patsy mission.
Mike Wire is fed up with the government screwing him and everyone else. As an operative, he helped the CIA ship opium on Air America for General Pau in Laos. And he helped set up Tanner for the Diem killings.
You could say he served his country, but nothing has changed, nobody pays attention and the same thing is going on today. As a vet with a bad heart, screws in his ankle and diagnosed as crazy, violent and destructive, he is a product of the US government. Now it's time for the government to pay up, he has a plan, a master plan. He knows where the backpack nuke is buried. [less