In the bustling atmosphere of a Manhattan bar, a talented bartender and economist hailing from the serene landscapes of Vermont unwittingly stumbles upon a web of deceit, orchestrated by an international syndicate of criminals. Unbeknownst to him, the peculiar acoustics of the bar grant him access to their covert conversations, setting the stage for a thrilling adventure. Amidst this dangerous world, our protagonist finds solace in an unexpected love interest, whose unwavering support becomes instrumental in unraveling the nefarious plot of international arms smuggling. From renegades in the United States to shadowy figures in Russia, Chechnya, and Turkey, a captivating tale unfolds, weaving short, lively dialogues, high-stakes financial transactions, grisly murders, and intriguing historical and geographical references into a truly unique and exhilarating light thriller. As a native of Northern Vermont, the bartender named Winkler brings a distinct perspective to the narrative. Drawing upon personal experiences biking through the breathtaking mountain trails of his homeland, as well as his encounters in the bustling streets of Manhattan, the author seamlessly integrates vivid descriptions and occasional historical insights, adding depth and fascination to the story. The arms smuggling operation spans across continents, taking the reader on a thrilling journey through Russia, Ukraine, and ultimately culminating in the heart of Africa.