After six long years of political genocide carried outagainst the American people by the administration of President BenjaminFranklin Luder, the nation is stunned when Luder announces that he is issuing anexecutive order to suspend the next presidential election for “the good of thecountry,” giving him an unprecedented, and unconstitutional, third term aspresident. Luder has slowly and systematically robbed the citizens of variousliberties and freedoms through similar acts, and in the process he has nearlydestroyed the once-greatest country on earth. However, his environmental policyof “green communism” has done the most damage of all, resulting in a nationwideenergy slowdown which has crippled every level of industry. It now costs theaverage American eleven dollars for every gallon of gasoline they put in theirtanks, and in winter the elderly freeze like cordwood in their unheated homesbecause they cannot afford heating oil.
Like any clever Svengali, Luder does not suffer from a lackof visionary delusions. Idaho’s unspoiled Sawtooth Mountain Range is rich in thorium,a much safer and cleaner alternative to the uranium currently used in the fewnuclear power plants in the country that still exist. It is said that one thoriummine, located near the small mining town of Ransom, Idaho, contains enoughenergy to power every city in the United States for the next five hundred years. However, the mine is on private property and surrounded by federal lands.
Sean Brennan, a special agent with the newly formedUnited States Secret Police, sends Assistant US Attorney Haley Hendricks toRansom, posing as an ecojournalist. Haley is assigned to find a way for thegovernment to seize the thorium mine in the name of “national security,” andBrennan’s orders are to design a plan to get the president to the mine for aphoto op and then safely back to the White House. Sean and Haley were onceengaged, but after Haley was diagnosed with breast cancer, Sean broke thingsoff. Since then Haley has dreamed of escaping, forever, the sewer called Washington, DC.
On her first afternoon in Ransom, Haley locates JaceFuller, the man she has been directed to hire as a guide to the mine. From thefirst moment she lays eyes on him, Jace takes her breath away. But Haley soonlearns that Jace’s wife, Annie, has been dead for several years now and that his eleven-year-oldson, Josh, is for some reason being raised by his grandparents instead of Jace.
As Jace unwittingly prepares to lead the most powerful man in the worlddeep into the rugged Sawtooth Wilderness of Idaho, an unseen and sinister trapbegins to unfold. Soon Jace will be forced to choose between saving his countryand saving the life of his son, choosing who will live and who must die—includinghimself.