In the early morning hours of the spring of 2020, Dr. Brody Moses, a young, Navy Lieutenant, is awoken from a restless, dream-filled sleepless night. The night’s unsettling premonitions are about to materialize. His mundane, uneventful life is suddenly shocked into a state of intense panic when he receives a call from one of the Presidents’ Secret Service Agents. His presence is requested at The White House. An armor-plated Suburban will arrive in fifteen minutes. What he is about to learn was never covered in medical school.
Across town Denise Adamchik, a brilliant intelligence officer with the National Security Agency (NSA) specializing in Russian culture and anti-American activity, receives a similar call. She is advised not to tell anyone where she is going. ‘Disappear quietly’ are the last words she recalls uttered by the Secret Service agent.
Dr. Moses and Agent Adamchik, whose lives are moving down similar but separate parallel paths, meet somewhere in the bowels of the White House with the President’s most trusted advisors. They are informed that the President has been inexplicably infected with variola virus…a.k.a. smallpox. She has 48 hours to live. Thus begins the intricate, emotional web that leads them down a strange path of self-discovery, desperation and ultimately, renewal, but not before the encroaching world plays havoc with their increasingly fragile egos.
Jack Dagger, a highly successful New Jersey lobbyist, is rather bored with his life…both personally and professionally. He’s tired of roaming the corridors of the state house in Trenton, looking to pounce on some unsuspecting legislator with the hopes of convincing him or her that the state needs a new cardiac surgery center or yet another children’s hospital. He’s also quite tired of his pathetic attempt at love. In fact, he’s ready to pursue on-line dating, something he once said “over my dead body.” He never thought he would reach this point of hopelessness.
And then one Saturday morning he receives a call from his business partner, Carson Roe. In a heartbeat, his mundane, uneventful life explodes into a state of frenzy and panic. Carson explains to Jack that, last night, New Jersey’s Commissioner of Health’s body was found in a pool of blood, lying next to his state-issued car in the parking lot of Roebling Plaza. His throat had been slashed and a card, containing a secret message, had been placed in the incision. Jack’s instincts have him convinced of only one thing: he will most likely be the prime suspect!
On the other side of town, Maria Diaz, a journalist with the Trenton Gazette is dealing with her own professional and personal issues. She’s assigned the biggest story of her life, but her personal struggles regarding her parentage become a constant, daily ache. She needs resolution that only her mother can provide.
Jack and Maria, whose lives are moving down similar but separate parallel paths, suddenly emerge at the crossroads of what becomes known as “A Snake in the Dome Homicides.” Thus begins an intricate, emotional web that leads all three down a strange path of self-discovery, desperation, and ultimately, renewal, but not before the encroaching world plays havoc with their increasingly fragile egos.