Molly Saint hires new PI's Greg and Jill McKenzie to check into her husband's background, then disappears. It starts them on a tangled trail of deceit. Complicating matters further, Greg gets drawn into a troubling police investigation stemming from the assassination of the Federal Reserve Board chairman at a Nashville hotel. The case resurrects old problems with a Murder Squad detective and his colleagues among Nashville's finest. The deeper the McKenzies dig, the more deadly illusions they face.
Newly elected independent party leader Mitchell Harding, a long shot beating the two-party candidates for the Presidency, is facing a mounting economic crisis and threats from key business and congressional leaders viewing him as a risk to their power and the nation's future. Events spiral out of control as these powerbrokers seek Harding's removal anyway they deem necessary.