September 1999: A series of apartment bombings in Moscow are blamed on Chechen terrorist. Oleg Kreakin, on the Russian president's personal staff, has no idea how the bombings will alter the course of world events. September 2001: Following the events of 9/11, Marcus Ryker enlists in the Marines, eventually joining the Secret Service and working his way up to the Presidential Protection Detail. Now: The President is distracted by tensions in North Korea and Iran, as a new Russian president feverishly consolidates power, silences his opposition, and plots a brazen and lightning-fast military strike that could rupture the NATO alliance and bring Washington and Moscow to the brink of nuclear war. And Kreakin and Ryker will cross paths ..