When confidence in the US dollar breaks down - as the currency for
trading oil - the Oil Producing Countries (OPEC) demand a return to
the Gold Standard whereby paper currency must be backed by gold. As
a prerequisite, they demand an independent audit of US gold
reserves. Unfortunately, there is a large shortfall between
published and actual gold reserves at Fort Knox and a great deal of
the gold intended to fill the gap has been hijacked in transit from
the United Kingdom. A year later it is still missing despite a
large scale undercover search codenamed 'Operation Lostbox'.
Meanwhile, frenzied diplomatic activity around the world has failed
to dissuade OPEC from its demands and a deadline for the start of
the audit has been set. In the UK, Ian Bailey has seven days to get
the gold back to the USA if the shortfall isn't to be discovered
and a further, devastating loss of confidence suffered. Of course
he's got to find it first. But a tip-off is leading him to a
service station on the motorway being touted as 'The Golden
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