It’s 1900. The newly-formed U.S. Secret Service has sent its best man on a vacation, of sorts. A foiled assassination attempt on the president has caused the death of a fellow agent and embarrassed the Service. A hum-drum assignment chasing counterfeiters on a tropical island seems to be the best prescription, allowing Agent Jack Price to relax and think about his future.
"Ill Wind" is the story of Galveston Island at the start of the twentieth century. A city by the sea. A place where money can be made legally and illegally. Fat profits for fat profiteers. An assumed name and job title allow Price to work freely as he tries to unravel a big mystery: who has been buying land on behalf of some dead orphans? Why is the land so important? Does the oily-slick surface of worthless swampland mean something?
Price uses his training and the latest technical marvels to unravel the mystery as he fights his own apathy for the Secret Service and his desire to remain in paradise to pursue the woman with whom he's in love. Each day that he fails to discover the mastermind behind the machine that has taken over the island, the stronger the system becomes.
The only thing that could possibly stop it…is an act of God and nature.