A dark figure from the past. An explosion. A suicide. Games beyond baseball. Nothing is as it seems. Marshall Connors' world once again gets turned upside down. He's a baseball umpire. Baseball is a game, it's supposed to be fun. What Marshall keeps stepping in is very much NOT fun - it's deadly.
Major league baseball umpire Marshall Connors just wants to return to the days when nobody cared about him or who he knew, when he was nothing more than an umpire, calling 'em like he saw 'em, a footnote and not a headline, when the game, baseball, was all that mattered, the days when things were fun.
But his life has been something of a movie the past few years. An assignment to work the World Series nearly ended in tragedy for Marshall and a few others in his life, courtesy of a revenge seeking maniacal serial killer. During the season that followed, chaos came again in the form of a mentally unstable ex-FBI agent.
The near-death experiences extracted a heavy toll. Marshall lost his mentor, he lost his girlfriend, but more than that, he lost much of his innocence. His world was no longer the grass and dirt and smells of the ballpark. It was something darker, a place he would never willingly choose to be.
And now, it is happening again…
A man from Marshall's darkness has returned. An explosion rocks the world. A suicide takes place. People are dead and dying, but nothing is as it seems. Confusion reigns and Marshall is once more in the middle of it, unsure of the connections, but wanting very much to not know what they are.
The events are all links in a chain started years ago, by a man Marshall trusts like no other. As those links are revealed, trust becomes betrayal, stability becomes chaos, and Marshall must do all he can to avoid being pulled under for the last time. He must break the chain, he must find an out…
He needs a RALLY KILLER.