One stormy afternoon, Dale Riley finds himself standing graveside for a man he barely knew. Two years ago, fresh out of Office Candidate School, Riley was appointed as the defense counsel for Captain Mike Ruffers, a pilot accused of bombing an Afghani village that killed dozens of civilians and five US Marines. The newly deceased Alex Snead was the prosecutor. Ruffers'''' guilt seemed obvious. Everything about this man sent shivers down Riley''''s spine, but it was his duty as a lawyer and a Marine to present the case to the best of his abilities. Snead''''s suspicious death puts Riley directly in the path of an old enemy and a roaming serial killer as his past and present collide. Nothing is as it seems as the line between guilty and innocent, friend and foe, becomes increasingly blurred.
James M. DuPont is a former Marine Corps aviator and legal officer with twelve years of active duty service, and over 100 combat sorties in Afghanistan and Iraq. He is currently an airline pilot and a major in the Marine Corps reserves. He lives with his family in Charlotte, North Carolina.