Just before Osama bin Laden’s death, he and Ayman al Zawahiri launch a new holy war against the US. It will involve bioterrorist attacks on US food supplies. Infectious agents (bacteria and viruses that cause diseases such as cholera, typhoid, E. coli, hepatitis, shigellosis, etc.) are collected from sick patients in Pakistan and Bangladesh. They are sent to a makeshift laboratory in remote, mountainous Pakistan (Waziristan) where they are grown in large quantities. The infectious agents are smuggled into the US where radicalized American teenage jihadis working as bag boys in supermarkets will spread the agents over uncooked foods such as salad greens or inject them into meat and dairy products. At the same time Iranian agents will mount a cyber attack on US nuclear facilities. In conjunction with this, the bioterror attacks will be launched in the cities near US nuclear installations.
When Winston Sage was asked to serve on a boondoggle New Mexico State bioterrorism surveillance committee he never expected to be the one to uncover the terrorist plot. A pilot attack to test the feasibility of the approach is carried out in three cities, one of which is Santa Fe, New Mexico, where Sage lives. The occurrence of two cases of cholera in Santa Fe gets Win to investigate and leads him to conclude these must be due to bioterrorism. When local officials fail to believe Sage, he turns to the FBI, who enlists him as an expert.
Good detective work aborts the terrorist attacks at the main nuclear sites, but an attack at one of the Department of Energy’s research laboratories in Brookhaven, New York is successful. It is expertly handled and covered up.