Major Simms is escorting Dr Woods to Brussels, but blows
up the plain, and kidnaps him instead. He is held hostage
in London, so that Vasili Lankov can extract NATO secrets
from him, Lankov wants to start a new revolution in Russia,
and wants NATO to keep their hands off it.
CI5 is asked to find out whether Dr Woods is dead or alive.
They witness the explosion on a radar screen (see plot inconsistencies),
and know that the NATO major and Woods are missing, only
the bodies of the pilot and co-pilot were found. Dr Woods
is important to NATO, since as their computer expert he
has discovered "a hole bigger than the Grand Canyon" in
the NATO systems, and could shut it down with few codes.
Dr Woods came to London with his daughter Gemma, and Sam
and Chris need to interrogate her about her father's enemies
etc. Sam seems to find the description of Gemma a little
too interesting, and Chris jokes about it. Gemma isn't alone,
she has her boyfriend Simon to take care of her. Chris finds
no trace of the man in the hotel room, but he does find
a photo that could be her real boyfriend. They call Backup
to keep an eye on the pair.
However, Gemma and Simon disappear as major Simms knocks
Backup unconscious just as she's about to report their movements.
Simon is actually Misha, one of the Skorpion soldiers, and
Gemma is taken somewhere else, as a hostage to put pressure
on her father.
At this point, NATO general Ross tells Malone to stop the
search; Woods must be dead. (See plot inconsistencies) Malone
decides they must go on. Backup, Sam and Chris have been
playing with the recording "enhancing" again. (See plot
inconsistencies) They think they can see someone jump from
the plane, and Malone wants them to check all the boats
in the area.
What they find is a boat called "Arlo 5", who sailed without
lights. Curtis and Keel go investigate.
Meanwhile, Gemma has broken a window in her prison, and
throws her hotel key out of the window. It is discovered
by a couple of boys.
Sam and Chris interrogate the owner of the boat, but he
seems determined not to know anything about his customers.
Sam finds a cigarette stub in the boat, and Chris asks "Charlie"
to trace the calls from the boat's phone.
Dr Woods uses a code "GEMMA*22" to shut down the electricity
in the city for 10 seconds. Malone finds out that this has
happened in other four European cities in four different
countries, and thinks it's a sign from Wood.
Lankov had called his sister from the boat, which tells
Malone who is behind the kidnapping. Vasili Lankov is Dr
Woods's "opposite number", a Russian computer expert.
Mr Cartwright is returning the key his son Tommy found
to the Merriott hotel, and as the hotel contacts CI5, the
boy shows Backup where he found the key. Sam and Chris decide
to storm the house alone, not waiting for the backup Backup
tells is coming.
Simms and Misha attack Chris, Sam shoots them, apparently
with an aid of a smoke grenade Chris threw. (See "personal
insights") Woods does GEMMA*22 again and attacks Vasili,
killing him. Just as a henchman is about to shoot him, our
three heroes barge in, and Backup saves the day.
After everything is over, Gemma tells Sam (and Chris) to
come visit if they ever come to Boston.
Malone goes off to thank Tommy Cartwright, thanks to whom
they found the hostages in time, and jokes about recruiting
him when he grows up.