Ex-Navy SEAL Maxwell Moore—working behind the scenes for the Special Activities Division of the CIA—arrives at a rendezvous to take charge of a high-ranking Taliban captive. The meeting takes a horrific turn that neither Moore nor any of his bosses saw coming. Undaunted, with failure not an option, Moore continues his quest for the truth, leaving many dead in his wake—killed by those for whom secrecy is the ultimate weapon.
Then comes a shocking revelation: Two of the greatest threats to the security of the United States have forged an unholy alliance. After years of planning, the Taliban have come to terms with a vicious Mexican drug cartel for which they supply opium. For the cartel, it is a matter of money, power, and ultimate control of the drug trade. But for the Taliban, it is a long-awaited opportunity: They are ready to exploit the cartels and bring the fire of the jihad to the hearts of the infidels.