Penn Gwinn, private investigator, and his associate PZ, attempt to solve the murder of another P.I. who was their friend. In the middle of the investigation his former intelligence agency operations commander asks him to locate the commander's daughter, missing on her honeymoon in Belize. The two assignments turn out to be connected, as Penn and PZ discover the involvement of the USCG, the DIA, the CIA and another P.I. in the arms-for-Contras smuggling ring operating in the Caribbean, and its association with the producers of pornography. Although the clues to the resolution are placed strategically throughout the story, the ending is a surprise with an unexpected twist.