When Rebecca Harris is murdered in front of the newspaper offices of the "Orange County Journal," she leaves behind friends and co-workers shocked by her violent death. But she also leaves behind two rivals who were in love with her -- passionate Joshua Weinstein, and FBI agent she was engaged to marry, and John Menden, the quiet newsman who was her lover. These men knew of each other's part in Rebecca's complex life, each hoping to be ultimately chosen by her.
Weinstein solves the murder but he can't get the evidence to make an arrest -- the only person who can do that is Menden. Working together in an uneasy alliance, the two men join forces to bring down Rebecca's killer. Weinstein, the lawman, guides Menden, the journalist into a powerful paramilitary organization where his every move will be scrutinized and vetted by dangerous men, and where his body and soul will be tested in the extreme.