By Anthony Horowitz
First off, Alex Rider, the main protagonist. Alex's parents died in a car crash when he was young, so he went off to live with his uncle. He didn't know this but his uncle was training him to work for MI 6, British Intelligence, throughout the time he lived with him. This was helpful because he is now a teenage agent. Damian Cray, a pop star humanitarian, and ironically, the antagonist, hires an assassin to kill the father of one of Alex's friend Sabina
which is why Alex becomes involved with Cray's plans to nuke areas with lots of illegal narcotics, the thing he hates most. Lastly, Yassen Gregorovich, the assassin Cray hired, started the plot by Alex trying to find out what he was doing in southern France.