Taut, menacing, sinister, gripping, intelligent, action-packed -- everything you could want from a thriller. Jack Whalen was an LAPD patrol cop for twelve years. He left under a cloud and now he's not really sure what he is. One thing he does know is that he loves his wife, Amy. So when she goes missing on a routine business trip to Seattle his world is shaken. Jack sets out to search for her, only to discover that there is something far more mysterious going on than her disappearance. Then Jack is contacted by a childhood acquaintance, Gary Fisher. Fisher, now a lawyer, wants Jack's help in solving a puzzle thrown up by businessman's will. It's a puzzle that involves some unsolved slayings: could there be more to Gary's sudden reappearance in Jack's life than he's letting on? Meanwhile, a ten-year-old girl goes missing after an encounter with a sinister stranger. It gradually becomes clear, however, that she's very far from defenceless! Searching for answers in the dark secrets of a past that still haunts him, Jack discovers that the truth has roots deeper and darker than he ever feared.