Thee story begins with the conclusion: Thee first woman President of the United States, Margaret Warren, pardons known female terrorist Alexandria Nyoman for her attempted assassination. And no one knows why. The pages that follow lead readers through the 40 years of twists and turns from their birth to the firing of the fatal shot. Margaret, granddaughter of a powerful U.S. Senator from Iowa, begins her preparation for the Presidency at Harvard and hones her skills at Folsom Futures, one of the nation's most influential defense contractors. Alexandria, born in Guam to an Indonesian mother, is trained at a terrorist camp in Laos as an assassin who never misses. Neither knows she has a half-sister.