It is 1964. Colonel Niekerk plans to prison-break and exile Nelson Mandela, the African National Congress' most charismatic leader. How can it be done covertly and without government involvement?
Meanwhile America's nemesis, Che Guevara, is fomenting rebellion in the Congo. The CIA's Fred Polden wants him to stay there, killed for America, six feet under, and minus his head that will be displayed to the world to prove that the iconic communist revolutionary is dead.
How to achieve this when the President has forbidden American troops to fight in Africa?
The answer in both cases: use mercenaries. The Squad, derogatorily called The Sowti Squad, is born. Led by a coerced American, Oregon O'Connor, the Squad is soon immersed in the torture, mutilation and cannibalism of Congo warfare as they stalk Che Guevara. Mandela's prison-break turns from simplicity to complexity and once again the Squad is fighting for its life.
Foreign mercenaries are treated like prostitutes, bought, used, abused and discarded. While their masters determine them to be anonymous and expendable, Oregon O'Connor and The Sowti Squad do not agree.