America needs energy, and Dan Randolph is determined to provide it. He dreams of an array of geosynchronous powersats, satellites which would gather solar energy and beam it to generators on Earth - a daring new program. But, after his experimental low-orbit space plane to breaks up on re-entry, he's left on the edge of bankruptcy. Worse, Dan discovers that saboteurs are responsible for knocking the space plane out of the sky...and are willing and able to kill again to keep it grounded. Now, rivals want to buy Dan out and take control of his dreams. NASA and the FAA want to shut down his maverick firm. Creditors are breathing down his neck. And, an international organization of terrorists sees the powersat as a threat to their own oil-based power and have figured out how to use it as their weapon against the West.