It was supposed to be a working vacation for the Judge, ensconced in a bungalow in Newport Beach with his new and very pregnant wife. But the FBI emerged from the morning’s mist along the Balboa Beach, asking a small favor. The favor detoured into a body, and the body led to questions nobody wanted to ask, a case nobody wanted to work. Dragging the Judge into a web of intrigue and stealth, leaving him to unravel a murder over FBI’s objections. A murder of one of their own. And what initially appeared to be a homicide investigation, morphed into a race against time to stop a heinous plot calculated to bring death to Orange County. Follow the Judge through the sleek bars and restaurants of Newport Beach, across the premier golf courses and the swank Bay-view homes and condos of the wealthy, the hidden dens and byways of killers, and the back offices of the FBI, as he follows the scent, step by step, back to perpetrators determined to change the face of America forever.