Working as a secret agent for Britain's most exclusive agency, Alex Rider thinks he's seen it all. He's been shot at by international terrorists, stood face-to-face with pure evil, and saved the world -- twice. All before his fifteenth birthday. But Alex is about to face something more... read more
At the request of MI6 agent John Crawley, Alex becomes a ball boy at Wimbledon. There, he finds that the Chinese Triad gang "Big Circle" is fixing matches. He foils the plot, but soon becomes a target and barely survives an attempt on his life while surfing on vacation with a friend, Sabina... read more (warning: may contain spoilers)
At the request of MI6 agent John Crawley, Alex becomes a ball boy at Wimbledon. There, he finds that the Chinese Triad gang "Big Circle" is fixing matches. He foils the plot, but soon becomes a target and barely survives an attempt on his life while surfing on vacation with a friend, Sabina Pleasure. For his safety, both MI6 and the CIA send him with CIA agents Tom Turner (Glen Carver in the US version) and Belinda Troy to the Cuban island of "Cayo Esqueleto" (Spanish for "Skeleton Key") to investigate General Alexei Sarov. Alex learns that Sarov recently purchased nuclear material, and the CIA is concerned about what will happen next.
To enter Sarov's mansion, Turner and Troy go scuba diving. When they do not return, Alex dives as well and is captured by Sarov's henchman, Conrad. Sarov tells Alex that he plans to detonate the nuclear bomb at Murmansk (Мурманск in Russian), in an abandoned shipyard of nuclear submarines. The nuclear fallout will force President of Russia Boris Kiriyenko out of power and lead to Russia reclaiming glory lost during the dissolution of the Soviet Union. Sarov also wishes to adopt Alex as his son, as he reminds Sarov of his own son who was killed in action in Afghanistan whilst serving in the Soviet army.
When the plane they are traveling in stops at Edinburgh Airport, Alex uses a stun grenade (courtesy of Smithers at MI6) to distract Conrad. A security guard called George Prescott, however, grabs Alex's phone as he tries to call the police. Sarov quickly recaptures Alex and kills Prescott. At Murmansk, Sarov plants the bomb and ties Alex up due to his earlier escape attempt. Alex escapes; Conrad tries to kill him, but Alex avoids Conrad and kills him with a giant magnetic crane used to lift the bomb. (Conrad had numerous pieces of metal inside his body, which were powerfully attracted to the magnet.) He then removes the detonation card from the bomb. The Russian army arrives and starts fighting Sarov's men. When Alex tells Sarov that he would rather die than become Sarov's son, Sarov commits suicide.
In the final chapter of the novel, it is revealed that when Alex explained his predicament to George Prescott, Prescott took the phone from Alex but he never hung up. As a result, the police hear the conversation but don't believe Alex. When Prescott's body is found, the police are notified. The police then alerted MI6 and the Russians. Alex is depressed after having seen Sarov shoot himself. Alex's friend from Wimbledon, Sabina Pleasure, visits Alex and invites him on holiday with her family in France for a couple of weeks, cheering Alex up
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