Her mother Claire is writer and spokesperson for President Gray's Parental Morality Law, something that this future America’s government is sure will stop the ongoing violence epidemic among the young. Under this law, Task Force Officers extract children from their homes if their parents do not meet certain guidelines, taking them to government-run boarding schools.
Once they arrive, supervisors rehabilitate them, turning them into productive members of society. Or at least that was how it was supposed to work...
Now, after a government official threatens to make Riley the law's latest victim, Riley and Claire must rely on Cain Foley, a gifted killer with a tongue as sharp as the knives he carries, to get them out of America alive.
Though he slices through men's necks as if they are warm butter, Riley can't seem to keep her cheeks from flushing every time he speaks. But when they stumble upon a deserted boarding school, Riley sees that escaping the country is only part of their problem.
Together, Riley and Cain figure out that a killer can save a life, and a mother can damn a nation.