While investigating a routine traffic accident, Chicago police obtain
fingerprints of the injured driver that show he is wanted for the murders
of two men in New York City. Their suspect, Roberts, is quickly located
at the hospital, arrested and extradited to New York.
The prisoner transport plane from Chicago includes over a dozen other convicts,
two of whom are being escorted by Chief Deputy U.S. Marshal Samuel Gerard.
After the jet is airborne, one of the prisoners, having smuggled a gun
on board, tries to kill Roberts. Missing its target, the bullet shatters
a window and the plane decompresses and plunges into the Ohio River, killing
many onboard. But the final tally of bodies reveals one missing-Roberts.'
Gerard leads the chase back to Chicago, then to New York City, where he
uncovers Roberts' true identity-that of an ex-Marine Special Forces, ex-C.I.A.
operative named Sheridan, who most recently worked as an undercover hired
gun, a government 'kite,' without official federal ties.
Sheridan is being sought in the homicides of two diplomatic Secret Service
attaches who were tracking a Chinese spy ring within U.S. government circles.
With Gerard on his trail, the cunning fugitive finds himself trapped between
a corrupt political conspiracy involving the Chinese and the United Nations
and the dispassionate, masterful and relentless U.S. Marshal.
This time, Gerard's team includes the boyish diplomatic agent John Royce,
assigned by federal authorities to the investigation. Royce's expertise
in navigating serpentine government operations may be useful to the manhunt,
but Gerard is still leery about adding an unknown member to his tight-knit
With his seasoned crew, and its new addition hoping to prove his worth,
Gerard tackles one of the greatest challenges of his career, a life-and-death
pursuit with twists and turns that even he cannot anticipate.