David Sands is on the run from the police, living on the streets of Las Vegas and spiraling down into the pitfalls of the homeless lifestyle. He’s alone and lost, wallowing in his own misery when he witnesses a brutal murder. A trained observer in his former life, this murder sparks something in him – a desire to be a good citizen that has long lain dormant.
Unable to go to the police, Sands tracks down the murderer himself. When he finds something he recognizes in the murderer’s possession, something he used to own, everything changes. Suddenly this murder takes on a personal meaning for him, and a thread begins to unravel, leading him back to a tragedy in his former life, the key to solving a crime that he’s been accused of – the murder of his wife and son.
As Sands tracks the murderer and the victim, he uncovers a plot that has implications well beyond his little corner of Las Vegas, implications that extend all the way to the level of national security. In order to solve the murders he’s been accused of, he’ll have to dig into his own past, and that of his murdered wife, and as he does so, he begins to untangle the complicated knot of a vast conspiracy that affects the future of the entire country.