Raised by a ruthless, tyrannical father, Lon Calhoun learned early in life that callousness, insensitivity and greed were the attributes needed to bring a man to prominence and wealth. Although estranged from his family because of his father’s arrogant attitude, Lon cannot help but realize that he indeed embodies those same character traits he so despises.
When an alien entity takes up residence in Lon, the benefits obtained by harboring the creature provide him the means to live true to his character. Lon’s newfound power allows him to overlook the price that must be paid for this mutually beneficial relationship: the death of innocent people.
Retired General Leslie Tritt is an honorable, straightforward man who holds to the principles of accountability, self-control and discipline. He cannot abide irresponsible or careless behavior in either himself or others. Tritt is all too familiar with the foreign entity that inhabits Lon and the terrible price being paid for its continued existence. Tritt must find a way to maintain a closeness to Lon in order to provide him the time he needs to discover how to eliminate the entity.
When the government intervenes and wants to learn more about the mysterious creature and its powers, Lon must trust Tritt to help him navigate through their possible treachery. Lon and Tritt’s mutual distrust of one another soon turns to an awkward friendship and when Lon’s life is threatened, he realizes the only person he can trust is Tritt.
But the price for the entity’s survival has risen to a level that even Lon cannot tolerate. Now the men must cautiously work together to eliminate their mutual foe. Their plan will most certainly mean the death of one or both of them. But can Tritt count on Lon to go against his nature and sacrifice himself for others? The price of failure is high: the death of thousands.