After the wholesale assassination of Congress, the new unelected president of the United States begins to desperately work on rebuilding a shattered economy that has already thrown tens of millions out of work. This catastrophe has seen the rise of anarchist groups sickened by the greed of the establishment, now planning to bring about its downfall. While fighting to hold the nation together, he is informed that terrorists have smuggled a nuclear bomb into a major city. He knows that there will be no Die Hard hero—no last-minute savior to appear, riding over the hill in the nick of time. There are only ugly choices. Will he choose to hold to his principles or commit the ultimate atrocity by retaliating with his own massive nuclear arsenal against millions of innocent people? Could anyone justify the murder of a hundred million people if it would save an American city? Worse, given his ever-growing erratic behavior, does his staff believe he is rational enough to handle the situation?