When ruthless terrorists hijack an American merchant ship the fastest in the world theyre hoping to spark an international incident, and thats just what they get. Half of America is screaming for their blood, but the peace-minded President rejects military retaliation... and suddenly finds himself facing open revolt. When Jim Dillon, special assistant to the Speaker of the House, discovers a long-forgotten power in the Constitution that allows Congress to conduct a limited, private war without presidential approval, his ambitious boss sees an opportunity to humiliate his rival in the Oval Office.
Meanwhile, in the Pacific, a rogue battle group with its special commission from Congress races toward a deadly rendezvous with the terrorists. Flashing between the political clash in Washington and the countdown to assault halfway around the globe, Balance of Power builds up to a suspenseful crescendo that blends Capitol Hill infighting, international terrorism, and state-of-the art military technology into an epic confrontation with world peace at stake.