"Terrorists from the Free Kashmir Front hijack a coach on the Shatabdi Express with forty people; just outside Madras. A nephew of the defence minister is among the passengers. Within the first five minutes they have killed a railway guard and caused the authorities to panic. The Special Operations Force; a team of crack commandos from the Army; is called in to deal with the crisis.
Heading the operation is Lieutenant Colonel Rajan Menon—Raja—who is soon convinced that these are not ordinary terrorists. They have the backing of a highly intelligent but crooked head. He dubs the ruthless genius the Krait. Raja leads his men in a brilliant rescue operation in Madras; but he knows this is only the opening gambit in a sinister plan devised by the terrorist mastermind; the Krait will strike again. And he realizes with dismay that the enemy might be one of them . . ."