The story begins with a catastrophic, unexplainable plane crash. Three hundred and thirty are dead, no survivors. Among the victims, the wife and two young daughters of LOS ANGELES POST crime reporter Joe Carpenter.
A year later, still gripped by an almost paralyzing grief, unable to work, unable to imagine any relief but his own death, Joe encounters a woman named Rose. She claims to have survived the crash, and holds out a tantalizing possibility: a secret that will bring Joe peace of mind. But before he can ask any questions, she slips away.
Driven now by rage (have the authorities with-held information from the families of the victims?) and a hope almost as unbearable as his grief (if there really was one survivor, could there have others?), Joe sets out to find the woman: "The purpose, and perhaps an unknowable redemption." But his search immediately leads him into the path of a powerful and shadowy organization hell-bent on stopping Rose before she can reveal what she knows about the crash. And Joe's connection to her---the nature of which he comes to understand only by inches---makes him part of the quarry.
The novel unfolds at a heart-stopping pace as a desperate chase and a shattering emotional odyssey lead Joe to a truth that will force him to reassess everything he thought he knew about life and death---a truth that, given the chance, will rock the world and redefine the destiny of humanity.