America is ready for a new type of hero. John Paxton is a man who understands duty - both to his family and to his country. As a highly decorated pararescueman in the air force, he's risked his own life numerous times to save the lives of others. He is the epitome of the pararescue motto: "These things we do that others may live". But now that he's married with two small children, he's content as an instructor at Lackland Air Force Base.
Then Paxton is commanded to lead a team on a dangerous mission - supposedly to rescue the pilot of a stealth fighter shot down over Serbia. Yet nothing is as it seems. As the mission goes from bad to worse, Paxton uncovers a deadly plot that threatens national security. But to fight an enemy with ties to one of the most dangerous organizations on the planet, he risks not only his own life but also the lives of the people he loves the most.