At the offices of a Japanese corporation, during a party, a woman, who's evidently a professional mistress, is found dead, apparently after some rough sex. A police detective, Web Smith is called in to investigate but before getting there, he gets a call from someone who instructs him to pick up John Connor, a former police Captain and expert on Japanese affairs. When they arrive there Web thinks that everything is obvious but Connor tells him that there's a lot more going on.
When a prostitute is found dead in a Los Angeles skyscraper occupied by a large Japanese corporation, detectives John Conner (Sean Connery) and Web Smith (Wesley Snipes) are called in to investigate. Although Conner has previous experience working in Japan, cultural differences make their progress difficult until a security disc showing the murder turns up. Close scrutiny proves the disc has been doctored, and the detectives realize they're dealing with a cover-up as well.
Tijdens een feest ter gelegenheid van een zakendeal tussen een Japans bedrijf en de Amerikaanse defensie wordt een jonge vrouw vermoord aangetroffen. Een gepensioneerde expert op het gebied van de Japanse cultuur wordt opgeroepen om de weerstand van de Japanners, die proberen het onderzoek te dwarsbomen, te breken.