Alex Cross and his partner John Sampson plunge into a case that's bigger and deadlier than ever when they go up against one of their greatest foes: the United States Army. Framed for murders he did not commit, with evidence too strong to ignore, Sampson's best friend is certainly facing the gas chamber. But Cross and Sampson are on the case, following the lead to a surprising and crucial witness too scared to come forward. Trapped in a web of lies, murder, sex, and corruption so thick it could reverse their very notions of guilt and innocence, Cross and Sampson soon face a deadly showdown against enemies more formidable than any they've ever seen. And only one man will walk away.