Alex Rider is a normal school boy with a normal life, until his uncle Ian Rider dies. Alex’s life changes forever, as he discovers that his uncle was not, as he thought a banker, but a super MI6 agent who was shot on the way back from his latest assignment. Alex is cleverly manipulated by MI6 to work for him; his mission is to find out what’s going on with the Stormbreakers, high-tech virtual reality computers that have some kind of virus in them. The main suspect is creator of the Stormbreaker, Darrius Sayle. After a shocking discovery that nearly causes him to lose his life, Alex must return to Britan to stop Sayle and save England. Can he succeed or will his first mission become his last?