Bangkok. To those in the know, it's a pleasure destination bar none. You can find pretty much find any vice you prefer without much trouble, and without many consequences if you know the right people to bribe. Of course many pleasure seekers and recidivists are drawn to Bangkok as a result, and some lose their lives. Enter Detective Sonchai Jeetlecheep of the Royal Thai Police force. Perhaps the only cop in the entire country of Thailand that refuses to take a bribe, his partner is killed by a clutch of cobras planted in a retired American marine's car. Although a devout buddhist, he is ready to drop his peaceful philosophy to start a blood vendetta against his partner's killer, and will stop at nothing until the perpetrator is brought to justice. The case becomes more complicated as high-level Americans with a great deal of clout begin to be implicated, and if things are handled incorrectly an international scandal could result. Sonchai must tread carefully if he plans to succeed.