By Ann Simko
Dr. Dakota Thomas isn't prepared for the gunshot victim who rolls through his emergency room doors. Michael Ricco looks like a young Marine in a world of trouble, his dog tags, however tell a different story.
How could the military have no record of him? Why was he shot in the back in the middle of the desert, and why were thirteen people murdered to keep his secret? More than that, how could he have a birth date of 1898?
In a world where genetic experimentation pushes the boundaries of what someone would do to live a little longer, the question may be, how many will die in order to keep one person alive?
Montana Thomas falls asleep with the woman he loves in his arms, but wakes up to her bloody corpse. With the murder weapon in his hand and no memory of what happened, he needs his brother to help him deal with the confusion and grief.
But Dakota is three thousand miles away deep in government testing.
The stage has been set and all the players are in motion. All the unknown director has to do is sit back and wait for his true objective to be played out. In an expert game of cat and mouse, the Thomas brothers are subject to manipulation that has no equal. The only people they can trust is each other...if they can survive long enough to find the truth within the maze of misdirection and deceit.
Montana Thomas goes in search for a father he never knew and finds the reasons behind his mother's years of silence.
With his mother recently dead and with not even a name to start with, Montana and his brother Dakota begin a journey to find not only their unknown father, but their culture, and the Indian heritage denied to them from the moment of their births.
Will Montana accept his father and the truth behind his disappearance? Will he be able to accept the truth about himself once his past is revealed? Or will he wish he'd left those secrets buried?
A hot appendix is about the only thing that would get Montana Thomas out of the isolated mountain valley he calls home, especially when his reappearance into the world could endanger the people he loves. All he wants to do is go home. But the weather doesn't cooperate, and the treacherous mountain passes are closed for the winter.
Dr. Jericho Jax lost his wife to an auto crash a year ago. Worse, the medical team that was supposed to save her life failed. Now he has vowed vengeance on them all. One by one he checks names off his list, until he comes to Bisi Sinclair's, the doctor who just saved Montana's life. The woman he is falling in love with.
Montana senses something not quite right about Jericho. When he starts asking questions, arousing Jericho's suspicions, he becomes the next target. In order to get to Bisi, Jericho has to go through Montana. And that may not be as easy as it looks, for Montana will do whatever it takes to protect what is his.