On one evening in Washington DC, several high-ranking members of government disappear in a mass kidnapping. And one of the victims has particularly dangerous knowledge: Nick Rendel holds the confidential passwords that are used to program the US army’s drones. If he reveals this information, his kidnappers could reprogram the drones to strike targets within the United States.
Jon Smith and the Covert One team begin a worldwide search to recover the officials, but as the first victims are rescued, they show disturbing signs of brainwashing or mind-altering drugs. Smith’s investigation leads him to Fort Detrick, where a researcher, Dr. Laura Taylor, had been attempting to create a drug to wipe memory from soldiers suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. But Dr. Taylor’s research was suspended almost a year ago, when she was placed in a mental institution. Now, if Smith doesn’t figure out the brainwashing drug and track down Nick Rendel, the kidnappers will soon have the power to carry out drone strikes anywhere in the world….