An American computer hacker operating in Southeast Asia attempts to break a World War II cypher to find the location of a missing shipment of gold. The gold was stolen by the Japanese during the war. By the author of The Diamond Age.
The U.S. government accuses a company of treason for selling an advanced computer chip to China. The company denies the charge, an expert testifies the chip is beyond anyone's ability to make and the government, which claims to possess the chip, refuses to show it. A spoof on science and the law.