Lord Digby Banks and his crony Lord Rupert Crook-Smith, ex–colonial governors, decide to assassinate a few corrupt individuals in Africa. A hit team is organized in London, and targets are selected in Kenya using the media. Things go wrong, and the lords are caught. But capital punishment prevents extradition, and in England, political expediency saves them embarrassment. Encouraged by their apparent immunity, a second mission is launched by the lords to deal with corporate crime in America. People start dying, and the causes are traced to them. The US attorney general seeks extradition, but in the final analysis, an American citizen is prosecuted, and an unusual verdict is reached.