Months after 9/11, a covert arm of the CIA summons young Lieutenant Eric Ritter to Pakistan. Al Qaeda holds an American operative, and Ritter's history with the kidnapper is key to rescuing the operative before it's too late. While the CIA need Ritter's help, they consider him an expendable asset and throw him into a battle he isn't ready for.
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After a deadly ambush in Iraq leaves two soldiers in terrorist hands, intelligence officer Eric Ritter journeys into hostile territory to rescue them. The Caliban Program, a covert arm of the CIA, gives him permission to use any means necessary in his search. Means forbidden by his oaths as an officer. Faced with hostile Iraqis and a terrorist leader bent on revenge against him, Ritter must navigate through a perilous counterinsurgency and keep his true allegiance hidden from his brothers-in-arms.
When Somali pirates hijack a fishing boat smuggling a nuclear warhead, a frantic race for the weapon ignites. Al Qaeda wants the bomb to strike a devastating blow against the West. The North Koreans want the nuclear weapon back before their role in nuclear terrorism is laid out before the world stage. The CIA wants their operative Eric Ritter to seize the bomb intact for later use... and Ritter doesn't know why.
An assassin murders one of the shadowy Directors of the Caliban Program - a covert arm of the CIA that operates beyond the bounds of law and morality. As the targeted killings of America's elite continues in Washington, DC, the investigation falls to two men.