When independent oil magnate and billionaire James Northcutt confirms a deal with Peking for his company's multibillion dollar development of Red China's oil fields, the big majors grow intolerably jealous and start a dirty tricks campaign of firebombing his operations in the States and the Middle East. Northcutt, a late septuagenarian with a 29-year-old unmarried daughter, a serial monogamist, fights back with his own underhanded deviltry. But most readers, titillated by daughter Kathy's long history of sex and sucking, will be waiting for the big scene when she hits the sack with Dad, an obligatory genre moment that fails to arrive. At the end Northcutt wins out when he reveals to the President during a White House prayer breakfast that his chief adviser has accepted a million dollar bribe to badmouth Northcutt in Congress. Dull drills indeed -- despite lavish caviar, champagne, and sweetwater swimming pools in the south of France.