In Kabul, the assassination of the U.S. Vice-President leads to a military investigation. It reaches two possible conclusions. One—it was perpetrated by radical Islamists striking from across the Pakistani border. Two—it was masterminded by Major Alexander Bridges, a brilliant Special Forces officer who disappeared and was presumed dead somewhere in the wilds of Afghanistan. The Pentagon sends in soldiers, but none come back, so they turn to retired intel operative, Richard Lee, sending him to follow on Bridges’ trail.
But when Lee’s escort is ambushed and murdered, leaving him alone, he’s forced to continue on to the next village where he’s taken in and comes to see the complexity of life in Afghanistan, and the likely futility of his mission. That is, until his rescuers introduce him to the Major Bridges, a brilliant leader, whose goal of nation-building goes beyond anything dreamed of in the State or Defense Departments. Crazy? Brilliant? The clock is ticking and Lee knows he must make a move.