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.