In New York, Nerio Winch, President of Group W, is assassinated.
In Italy: Nerio's adopted son, Largo and Largo's best friend Simon, accompany Brother Maurice to recover a manuscript, where they are ambushed. They manage to escape, but are attacked later and the manuscript is stolen.
Returning to headquarters of Group W with Simon, Largo learns of the death of Nerio and that he has inherited 385 billion dollars and is now the head of Group W, one of the largest multinational companies in the world.
Largo initially rejects his inheritance. He then agrees to take the reins of Group W, determined to find the assassin of his father. To the chagrin of some of the board members, he also initiates some business changes... tying salary to safety issues instead of profit, insisting that questionable business deals be straightened out.
With his life still in danger, Largo creates a special team. This unit includes his best friend Simon, Joy Arden, a former CIA agent specializing in close security, and Kerensky, an ex-KGB technology expert. His father's advisor John Sullivan also remains, but Largo does not yet know if he's trustworthy.
Trying to bring down Group W is one of its worst enemies: the Adriatic Commission, a group of businessmen, politicians and others from the economic, political and financial worlds, an ancient, secret organization suspected of involvement in Nerio's death.