The story deals with an espionage attack against the corporate headquarters of a multi-national company based in the USA.
The attackers are professionals who gained their experience through many years of work with the US Federal Government.
The bugging of the US Department of State by the Russian government that occurred last year (1999) makes this story appropriate at this time. It describes how a team of professionals work against a target. Their practice of tradecraft has none of the lapses that were displayed by the Russians.
The original goal of their sponsor was to obtain information on the target that would give him a competitive advantage in the marketplace. As they progress, however, they discover that something other than normal business is going on in the target that might endanger the national security of their country. This presents them with a predicament because they feel that they should tell their government about it. But they are prevented from doing so because their own operation against the target is illegal. Their decision on handling the matter is thought provoking, to say the least.
During the course of the attack, they devise ways of penetrating the target to the extent that they are able to eavesdrop on all the sounds that occur in the head of the company's office and conference room. Their methods are described in considerable detail and are as elaborate as those used in some of the best Cold War operations.