Fifteen-year-old Max Witherbee must find his dad who disappears in a rickshaw while attending an international chemical conference in Shanghai. Rogue groups want Dr. Witherbee's expertise for military nuclear purposes. The Green World Conference is filled with suspects from around the world. The only person Max trusts is his friend Liling Cheng. The teens use disguises, personal smarts and electronic devices as their search leads them to bird markets, a deserted pagoda and a Huangpu River cruise boat. The leaders of the criminal conspiracy is the last person they, or readers, suspect.