Desperate to move his stalled agenda, the liberal US president agrees to a summit with top congressional conservatives in a swank resort retreat in northern New Mexico. But the confab quickly morphs into a national crisis when the president is kidnapped by Islamic terrorists. Having secreted into the country across the US-Mexico border, the terrorists hide in northern New Mexico, aided by an angry young Hispanic who recently converted to Islam.
Along with select members of the US press, reporter Kyle Dawson of the Washington Herald, a former resident of northern New Mexico, covers this delicate political performance with a jaundiced eye. Dawson has an edge, however, and uses his contacts and familiarity of the region to dig into how the kidnapping happened and who’s behind the madness. Step-by-step with Dawson is Raoul Garcia, his cousin and an ex-Special Forces commando who’s highly capable of taking the desperate measures needed to dispatch the assailants and free the president. Garcia has an insider’s edge since he works with the private company providing security for the president and the event.
The crisis deepens when they learn the terrorists possess a tactical nuclear weapon they’ve secured from a Los Alamos scientist who they’re holding hostage. As Dawson digs deep into the origins of the crisis, he finds a conspiracy of terrifying proportions being carried out by individuals who consider themselves above the law and who are bent on subverting the foundations of the country for their own distorted political ends.