Four weeks since Colin Pearce fought the battle of his life, his body is recovering from the physical trauma of multiple gunshot wounds. His mind is recovering from the emotional ordeal of watching the woman he cared for die in his arms and from burying his best friend. His CIA-assigned doctor has ordered him to stay off his feet and for once, Pearce intends to do what he has been told.
But then the damn phone rings. And like the last time, everything changes.
The caller is Sarah Morton, the chief pilot of a flight department and the only other woman Pearce has had any sort of connection with in his life of self-inflicted solitude. She says she needs a contract pilot for the company’s G-IV. But Pearce can hear the panic and desperation in her voice. He knows there’s more to the story and he knows he shouldn’t get involved.
He’s on a plane to California in hours and is introduced to Sarah’s new boss, a tall, dark complexioned, man by the name of Adam Archmere. But Pearce knows a Saudi when he sees one and when Sarah tells him that Adam has commandeered the G-IV to make repeated trips to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico so that Adam can meet with men she describes as Mexican gangsters, Pearce makes a call to his friends at the CIA. The CIA has long been wary of a possible alliance between the Mexican underworld and Arab terrorists and now, it seems that day has come to pass.
Before long, Pearce and his CIA compatriots are engaged in a race against time as they try to piece together a puzzle which involves the terrorist alliance, the G-IV, an ocean-going yacht and a platoon-sized unit of men with heavy weapons. It becomes apparent that a devastating strike is planned on Thanksgiving Day and that the President and Vice President may be targets.
Pearce borrows a T-38 supersonic jet trainer, runs the G-IV down and directs air defense fighters to it. Then he gets the biggest shock of all. The ocean going yacht, with the platoon-sized unit of men aboard, is headed for Santa Catalina Island, where the President of the US and President of Mexico are holding a secret meeting to sign a treaty that will unify their efforts to secure the border – a treaty that the terrorist alliance vehemently oppose. Nearly on fumes, Pearce flies the T-38 to Santa Catalina Island, calls in a nearby unit of A-10s to attack the hostile yacht, but realizing the fighters will arrive too late to save the Presidents, he takes matters into his own hands to try and resolve the situation.