Tasked with helping a mysterious government scientist disappear, a protective service agent is betrayed by his client and must catch the man before he unleashes a deadly new fear toxin on the world.
Prescott is motivated by fear. Like the very rats he experimented on he’ll do anything to survive. He’ll change his name, his past, even his face, essentially killing off his old self entirely. He’s smart and driven and if he hadn’t hired Cavanaugh he may well have gotten away for good. But Cavanaugh’s smart and driven too, and with a little help from his smart and driven girlfriend, he’s able to follow the clues and the clues lead to Prescott’s dead wife. The revelation that Prescott’s wife died while he was whiling away his hours working on a bio-weapon for the government allows Cavanaugh to catch back up with him after seemingly losing him for good. But what initially feels like a big win turns out to be just the opposite. The near miss stokes the flames of Prescott’s fear and paranoia and forces his hand. He makes a deal with the Russians who’ve been after him for his toxin from the beginning. Only now the deal has changed. With all the leverage on the Russians side they demand that Prescott carry out their plan for them. So Prescott sets out for an anti-government protest a million strong in NYC’s Central Park where he’ll unleash his creation in the midst of a massive, heavily armed police presence. He’ll slip away in the bloody mayhem that ensues and in the aftermath the Russians will make public the weapon’s shocking origins; that it’s a product of the very government they were protesting against. The revelation will tear the country apart, handing Russia it’s biggest victory yet in their ongoing clandestine efforts to undermine the U.S. from within.
The secret weapon developed by the man Cavanaugh is assigned to protect multiplies the effects of fear, incapacitating its victims. A lot of people want Daniel Prescott’s secret, but Cavanaugh needs the antidote. When Prescott disappears after causing the death of the team charged with keeping him alive, Cavanaugh and his wife Jamie go after him in a high-speed chase that traps them between government agents and foreign operatives each racing to find the scientist.