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The year is 1995, and an ambitious U.S. senator wants to weaken the power of the CIA, perhaps to the point of its elimination. To accomplish this goal, he tries to enlist Blackford Oakesnow retiredinto his cause by forcing him to testify before a senate committee about CIA covert activities in 1985. The senator wants to know what President Ronald Reagan did when informed of a plot by Soviet veterans of the Afghan war to assassinate Mikhail Gorbachev, who had just risen to power. What will Oakes do? Will the senator be able to force him to testify? Or will Oakes be able to draw upon the wit and savoir faire that saved the day on so many previous occasions?