Those in power always need an unofficial option. Meet John Wells. Wells and his former CIA bosses Ellis Shafer and Vinnie Duto have uncovered a false-flag operation to convince the President to attack Iran. But with no hard evidence, no one at Langley or the White House will listen. The President has set a deadline for Iran to give up its nuclear program, and the mullahs in Tehran - furious and frightened - have responded with a deadly terrorist attack. Wells, Shafer, and Duto know they have only twelve days to find the proof they need. Fanning out, from Switzerland to Saudi Arabia, Israel to Russia, they desperately try to tease out the clues in their possession, even as the United States moves its forces into place and Iran mobilizes its own squad of suicide bombers. As the deadline gets nearer, will Wells be able to do enough to stop a full-scale escalation into war?