Alli Carson was a victim. But not anymore. She has landed a coveted spot in Fearington, an elite training institute, thanks to Jack McClure, National Security Adviser and her most loyal friend. After she was rescued from her depraved kidnapper last year, Alli thought the worst was over. But then her father, the President of the United States, died in a terrible car crash, and her mother ended up in a coma. Fiercely determined, Alli now earns the envy of her fellow cadets at Fearington. However, all that changes in as little time as one night.
That night, Alli's mother ultimately succumbs to her injuries, and Alli's boyfriend of recent months is brutally murdered at Fearington. Upon closer investigation, it appears he was tortured before he was killed. Was this a crime of passion? The cops immediately look at Alli as the killer. Despite her protests and astonishment at a somewhat blatant disregard for her rights, she is arrested and denied a chance to contact the one person she trusts: Jack McClure. Instead, her uncle, powerful lobbyist Henry Holt Carson, pulls some political strings to have Alli entrusted to his supervision. But why? He and his niece were never what one would call close. So it seems a bit out of character for him to do Alli a favor, especially one as big as this.
A series of events pushes Alli to engage in tactics she would otherwise not choose, but she finally manages to hook up with Jack. And just in the nick of time, because Jack has been recruited for his toughest assignment yet: finding Arian Xhafa, reputedly the world's most wanted --- and deadly --- terrorist. For that, he must travel to Macedonia, find his way through unforgiving terrain protected by Xhafa's men, and somehow maintain the element of surprise. Xhafa's stronghold is not only formidable, it has within its walls something that makes it nearly impossible to attack. If they can figure out a way in, they will then have to think of a way to excise Xhafa. Fortunately, they get a little help from som