The CIA has intercepted two terrorist cells but a third is feared to be on the loose and it is led by a mastermind obsessed with becoming the leader of al-Qaeda. Rapp needs the best on the case and his choice is Mike Nash. Nash has served his government honourably for 16 years, first as an officer in the Marine Corps then as an operative in the elite counterterrorism team run by Rapp. Together they have made careers out on meeting violence with extreme violence and they have never wavered in the fight against the jihadists. Both have fought the war on terror in secret. Both have been forced to lie to the ones they love. Both have saved thousands of lives. But the one thing they never saw coming was that his own government was about to turn on him.