Years ago, Matthew Armistead lost his best friend to a notorious terrorist; now, he's lost his fiancee as well, a casualty of his return to Iraq for the final reckoning. Bringing the man to justice is a worthwhile goal- but is the price too high? Even if he succeeds, it won't bring her back to him. Ready to let her go, and resigned to his fate, he prepares for the final confrontation.
Back at home, Colleen Flynn is wrestling with her decision to break off the engagement- was it wrong to expect him to stay with her, rather than jumping at the chance to return to his old life? Was she willing to live without him? While she agonizes over him facing danger in a distant land, she has no idea her own life is threatened close to home. Even if she changes her mind about Matthew, it may be too late.