A weak voice, gasping with pain, came on the line. "That thing...you asked me to look into...It's more than you thought...worse. I...think...ththey...killed...me...." There was only silence on the linethen the sound of a body collapsing. With this, Mark Hardin is on the trail of his most seductive enemyLinda King, the Colonel. Supposedly a wealthy social worker rehabilitating juvenile court cases, she is training her charges to commit terror by contract. With the Penetrator closing in she takes hostages, threatens to blow up a TVA dam, flooding the surrounding towns, and demands a cool five million in ransom.