It all begins when Michael Long, a Vietnam veteran and undercover cop, is seriously injured while trying to arrest a circle of industrial saboteurs. His partner, Lonnie, has been murdered, and Michael has been left for dead. But his life is saved by the immediate and exclusive medical attention that the dying millionaire/inventor Wilton Knight has provided. Wilton has hired the country's best plastic surgeon to reconstruct a face for Michael — but not his own. Wilton arranges for a new identity — Michael Knight — to carry on his fight for justice after Wilton dies.