With two weeks to go in the presidential election, Vice President Josh Alexander is trailing in the polls. After delivering a speech at Georgetown University, Alexander's motorcade is ambushed by a group of terrorists. The vice president narrowly escapes, but his wife and half a dozen Secret Service agents are killed in the assault. Two weeks later, Alexander is carried to victory by a sympathetic vote.
On the surface, the terrorist attack appears to be an open-and-shut case. That is, until a package appears on the doorstep of FBI Special Agent Skip McMahon. The contents of the package are so toxic that the veteran law enforcement officer feels he has no option but to call upon Mitch Rapp, the one man who's reckless enough to follow the evidence to tis explosive conclusion. Rapp's journey is one that will shake the pillars of power in Washington and ultimately lead to his redemption.