The small town of Sawpit, Colorado has never had to deal with much. Aside from one of their own going on to play football for the Naval Academy, it’s had a pretty quiet history. Out of nowhere a virus starts to infect younger people in the town. Their skin turns pale, their veins turn black, their eyes turn white and begin to bleed and this is all before a fit of psychotic rage and death.
Hometown hero, Joe, a former Midshipman turned investigative reporter, is digging into the incidents as they happen in Sawpit. Trying to find some connection. Trying to find a person responsible so they can be dealt with.
Joe starts to find subtle things that connect the viral outbreak to a former government doctor. As he nears a final solution he is brought into a special task force that is tasked with bringing the creator of the virus to justice. Joe has to battle his own demons and eventually make a choice that will shape the rest of humanity for generations to come.