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In 1962 Russian bureaucrat Boris Kusenov, his wife, and daughter, assisted by CIA agent Michael Nordstrom, escape from the Soviet embassy in Copenhagen and defect to the United States. Alarmed by Kusenov's disclosure of Soviet shipments to Cuba, Nordstrom contacts French intelligence Chief André Devereaux, who agrees to cooperate with the CIA. Consequently, Devereaux recruits Dubois, a black florist and secret agent, who infiltrates an assembly of Cuban revolutionaries housed in Harlem's Hotel Theresa and obtains photographs of important documents. Devereaux then travels to Cuba, where he is warmly received by Juanita, his counterrevolutionary mistress, who commands her loyal domestic staff to help her lover. Eagerly undertaking this assignment are Carlotta and Pablo Mendoza, who, posing as picnickers, from a knoll overlooking a harbor photograph the unloading of Soviet missiles. Their position is given away, however, by hungry seagulls which descend upon their lunch. But before being captured and tortured, the pair secrete the incriminating film in a chicken carcass. Having aroused the suspicions of Rico Parra, an important revolutionary whom Juanita has also taken as a lover, Devereaux is expelled from Cuba. As a token of their love, Juanita presents the departing Frenchman with a slim volume of poetry, in which is hidden the film. Shocked by his mistress' betrayal of the Cuban revolution, Parra shoots her to death. Upon returning to the United States, Devereaux discovers a leak in the French intelligence network. In Paris he learns that the head of Topaz, a ring of French traitors, is Jacques Granville, his friend and his wife's lover. Unmasked, Granville shoots himself to death.