There’s an uneasy alliance building across the Caribbean, one that threatens to further exploit the US’s openly porous borders. And Charley Castillo and his “Merry Band of Outlaws” – as the newly-sworn-in Vice President fondly refers to them – suddenly find themselves once more forced to defend America against enemies both foreign and domestic. Few in the U.S. government want to begin believing that a Third World country and its chest-thumping dictator president could pose a credible threat to the United States. Never mind that this tiny South American country is America’s fifth largest supplier of crude oil. Never mind that the Chinese have rushed in to train its army’s Special Forces. And damn sure never mind that Russia, proclaiming benevolent motives, has moved forward with helping it build a nuclear power plant. Yet Castillo and company have connected enough dots to uncover what they consider to be an unusual and extraordinary threat to national security.