In a torrential downpour, former FOXHOUND agent Solid Snake stands on the George Washington Bridge--ready to launch himself onto the deck of the U.S.S. Discovery as it passes below. Inside Discovery is a new generation of Metal Gear. But in the next hour, Snake's world explodes.
Two years later, a young, unproven agent code-named Raiden must penetrate the mystery of what went so insanely wrong that night.
In a labyrinthine superstructure in New York Harbor known as the Big Shell, enemies, allies, secret agents, and double-dealers converge: Russian commandos; a blood-thirsty vampiric assassin; a long-legged, leather clad, rifle-bearing beauty named Fortune; a deformed, finely manicured bomber called Fatman; and a mysterious Mister X. Somewhere in the maze, as well, is the president himself--his biometrics coded to a bomb that can take out Manhattan, his loyalties unknown. Now the rookie Raiden is fighting his way to one discovery after another, including the truth behind Solid Snake and a nightmare organization with a history, a plan, and a terrifying superweapon hidden in plain sight.