In a subterranean bunker in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, members of a secret government organization--Angkor--meet to discuss how the ruling regime can maintain their loosening grip on power with national elections on the horizon.
At the same time, a major anti-immigration rally in front of Phnom Penh’s Vietnamese market is scheduled to take place, and American journalist Alex Speransky is desperate for a major scoop to reinvigorate his stagnant career.
When Alex receives word that a terrorist attack has been planned for the demonstration that evening, he thinks he has hit the jackpot. But Angkor is also aware of Alex, and they are aware that he is in love with a beautiful Khmer woman named Kimheng. With the clock ticking, Alex will have to choose whether his goal of becoming a famous correspondent is more important than the lives of countless Cambodians, including the woman who has stolen his heart.
Taking place over the course of a single day, Midnight in Cambodia takes the reader on a journey through modern Cambodia: its markets and food, the countryside, and the litany of social and political problems that can be traced to a past as dark and tragic as anywhere in the world.