Mike is hired to protect Michelle Phillips, an old flame who he hasn't seen in almost 20 years. Phillips heads up an all female high-risk courier agency that has become tied up in a dangerous exchange involving high-stakes bribes by an American helicopter manufacturer to a corrupt General in Central America. Phillips nonetheless drops dead in the middle of testifying before a grand jury, but not before informing Mike that he as a 19 year old daughter who is caught in the middle of everything and might already be dead.
Mike Hammer is asked to Las Vegas by an entertainer named Johnny Roman and when he refuses, he is abducted and parachuted into the town. Hammer thinks it was Johnny who shanghaied him there, but Johnny denies it. He explains that the reason he wants Hammer’s help is that the singer, Barbara Leguire, has stolen something from him.