Four presidents of the United States have been assassinated - in 1865, 1881, 1901, and 1963 - each murder seemingly unrelated. But what if those presidents were all killed for the shocking same reason - a clause contained in the United States Constitution? This question is what faces former Justice Department operative Cotton Malone. When President Danny Daniels is nearly killed in the heart of Manhattan, Malone risks his life to foil the murder - only to find himself at odds with the Commonwealth, a secret society of pirates first assembled during the American Revolution. Racing across the nation and taking to the high seas, Malone and Cassiopeia Vitt must break a secret cipher originally possessed by Thomas Jefferson, unravel a mystery concocted by Andrew Jackson, and unearth a document forged by the Founding Fathers themselves.