From a note encrypted on a Persian rug, an unlikely trio of acquaintances find themselves in a high stakes race to stay one step ahead of a dreaded Chinese triad, the Flying Dragons. Ron Tracer, a U.S. rug merchant, Eli Whitewater, a modern Native American and Jeannie Lipton, a "finished" English woman with a wicked roundhouse punch find danger aplenty after deciphering the rug's message. Their discovery takes them from Bahrain, to the middle of Saudi Arabia's "empty quarter" to Pakistan, to India, then on to Israel. Only their heroic efforts manage to keep them alive after a world-stunning discovery in the empty quarter. The end brings a romance between Eli and Jeannie, but Tracer remains focused on their survival.