As Mike Norris and his friend sit in eerie darkness, tucked away in the back of a coffee shop, Mike tells his story. Years before he was in a funk. He had suddenly fallen into money and could afford to retire and buy expensive toys. Still, he was bored, his love life was in the toilet, and he was drifting through life aimlessly. Then a "chance meeting" and other strange things happen to him. During the September 11th attacks, he has an encounter with a government agent and suddenly realizes that the U.S. is not as safe and secure as it had once seemed. After some soul-searching, an old friend recruits him into a mysterious group of very wealthy people. He embarks on an odyssey involving spies, foreign operatives, and an alarming plot that, if Mike and his friends don't prevent, will change the power structure of the world forever.