Allison Leahy and Peter Tunello are Washington's 21st-century version of the all-American couple. She is the forty-eight-year-old U.S. Attorney General, and he is the handsome CEO of a rising Fortune 500 company. In addition to the current success of their marriage and careers, she is the Democratic presidential nominee in the last days of the highly charged year 2000 election campaign. In an unprecedented political match, Allison is up against a prestigious black candidate and former army general Lincoln Howe in a neck-and-neck race for the highest office in the land. Allison manages to stay free from scandal, that is until former lover Mitch O'Brien reenters her life with a vengeance. Her political plans threaten to unravel when her past with Mitch is brought under the harsh lights of the media. As the opposing camps battle for the lead, the mood turns desperate. Then one day, Howe's twelve-year-old granddaughter is kidnapped on her way to school.aAllison is determined to do everything she can to aid the FBI's search for the missing girl and find out who is responsible for this heinous abduction. Her motives are only partly political. She is also driven by her own anguished experience years before when her adoptive baby was kidnapped, never to be found. As it grows increasingly likely that the culprit is someone at the heart of her own campaign, Allison must put aside her political ambitions if she is to save the life of an innocent child.