The Russian Federation has a new president, Valeri Volodin. His ambitions are to usher Russia into a new age reminiscent of the days of the Soviet Union. President Jack Ryan must oppose Volodin and his interventions in Estonia, and with Russian plans on invading Ukraine, Volodin must be stopped. Sergey Golovko, former chairman of SVR, was assassinated by a radioactive agent with links to the Seven Strong Men and a Cold War mystery that Ryan himself was involved in when the Berlin Wall was still standing. To solve this mystery, Ryan and the Campus race to solve a mystery before a new Cold War begins.