On July 21st of 1994, Jack Smith, a former CIA operative, dies at the Ocean Side Health Facility, CA. Only a few weeks later, thousands of miles away in Russia, David Tallman, the leader of the same CIA group, dies at the hands of Dr. Tatiana Borisova, director of the former KGB Special Projects. Jack's and Tallman's deaths culminate a decades-long struggle for supremacy in mind control applied to espionage.
Thirty years earlier, CIA agent David Tallman is assigned to form a special projects group. The USSR is feverishly involved in experimentation in mind control; the CIA must respond.
The mind-power group is settled in a small, rural steel-mill town of Crossroads in the foothills of the Allegheny in Pennsylvania. While Tallman is preparing his group for testing, they are facing two redoubtable enemies, Sokolov, once the Soviet spy-master in Eastern Europe, now the new chief of the KGB Special Projects, and a psychiatrist, Dr. Tatiana Borisova, his literally bewitching, mind-control specialist.
Sokolov is relentlessly searching for a replacement of his recently defected expert and vowing to eliminate the traitor. Meanwhile, an elderly KGB sleeper in Paris, France, announces a discovery - a young Frenchman, a genuine psychic prodigy.
The KGB Projects technical lead, Borisova, has different plans. She is determined to take over Sokolov's position. In her quest for power, she uses a KGB colonel, Volkov, as her murder weapon. She programs the colonel to eliminate Sokolov and the fight for power is over.
While the two opposing teams are trying to outmaneuver each other, political life in the USSR changes. The new Democratic forces, led by Gorbachev and Yeltsin, are introducing unexpected changes in the country's rusty system.