Hidden scandals in the corridors of power . . .
When General Griffin North, a highly-decorated black general, is killed in a suspicious plane crash, the special investigative commission pronounces it a tragic accident caused by pilot error. But Mollie Smith of the Criminal Investigation Division is certain that the general was assassinated and vows to keep the investigation alive - but before she can solve the case she is found brutally murdered.
Rachel Collins, Mollie's protegee and close friend, is left to pick up the chase. As the investigation heats up, Rachel must grapple with an ingenious and ruthless killer whose orders and mysterious resources seem to come from the top of the Washington power base and whose sole goal is to cut short her inquiry - and her life . . .