- 12:45 PM, May 27
It's 4 a.m. and torrents of rain pour down on a dusty roadside New Mexico diner. Inside, an innocuous looking salesman sips coffee while catching up on his fishing magazines. After the front door creaks open, an unusual looking man startles the salesman by sitting down at his table and displaying frightening drawings that send the salesman fleeing for the safety of his car.
We meet Agent Thomas Mackelway on his first day of work at the Albuquerque field office of the FBI. Mackelway, wrestling with secrets and demons from his past, is plagued by headaches and feels that he is being watched. And in fact he is ... but by whom?
Mackelway finds himself mysteriously drawn into a bizarre series of murders : the salesman from the diner found dead in his car on the deserted New Mexico border; a sixth grade teacher from Boulder,Co., discovered in an abandoned vehicle in the diner parking lot; and Mackelay's own personal nemesis, killed while attacking a young girl. Mackelway's former partner, Fran Kulok, who knows Mackelway's deepest secrets, is sent to Albuquerque to assist him on the case. Together, they set out to solve on the case. Together, they set out to solve this lethal puzzle. What do these murders have in common?
The case becomes increasingly personal as Mackelway's determination turns to obsession. The killer seems to be taunting him, faxing him hundreds of maddening chilling clues, all of which point to a cunning renegade named Benjamin O'Ryan. Trained in a secret government remote viewing program which enabled five elite agents to get into the hearts and minds of killers and their victims, O'Ryan became consumed with tracking the ultimate manifestation of a killer - Suspect Zero.
Tortured by identifying with both the victims and their victimizers, has O'Ryan's obsession caused him to become the very thing he is trying to bring to justice? While O'Ryan continues to track Suspect Zero, Mackelway is tracking O'Ryan and must confront humanity's darkest side in order to go after the rogue who has "gone native".
What happens when pursuer and prey come face to face? Will rational justice or primal revenge prevail? Can Mackelway stop Suspect Zero before he strikes again? Is O'Ryan chasing Suspect Zero, or has he in fact become Suspect Zero? Who's next? Find out on August 27th ...