After the collapse of civilization, military governments fight for control of a fractured world. Sergeant Brian Burke, a team leader of the Coloradans Army directs his soldiers through a mop up of Old Francisco, which has devolved into gang warfare between criminals, rogue police officers and remainders of what's left of the National Guard. Separated from his unit, Burke is contacted by a mysterious group of survivors who inform him that he is the mystical "Soldier" who is destined to find the Deck Const, a talisman that may reunite the world in peace again.
But someone else is searching for the Deck Const, too, and Burke may have to unite the world, defeating its many armies, just to find it before it's lost forever.
Book One, Rumors of War, covers the mop-up of Old Francisco and the start of Burke's mission to seek out the Deck Const.