The attack is swift and devastating. The house of a Chinese restaurant owner is broken into by unknown intruders. Brutality, destruction and rape follow. Now Brattleboro, Vt. police Lieutenant Joe Gunther agonizes over two questions: Who is behind this?..and why? The answers are terrifying. A ruthless Vietnamese gangster is making moves to control the crime world of Brattleboro..and the rest of Vermont. Soon Gunther is trailing illegal aliens, money laundering, and murder-for-hire--all amid a vicious turf war between rival Asian crime rings. Calling in the FBI, Gunther gains more muscle He'll need it to combat the savage Asian underworld that Chinese gangsters call THE DARK ROOT.