On the night of the State of the Union address, President
James Allaire expects to give the speech of his career. But no one anticipates
the terrifying turn of events that forces him to quarantine everyone in the
Capitol building. A terrorist group calling itself “Genesis” has unleashed
WRX3883, a deadly, highly contagious virus, into the building. No one fully
knows the deadly effect of the germ except for the team responsible for its
development—a team headed by Allaire, himself. The only one who might be able
to help is virologist Griffin Rhodes, currently in solitary confinement in a
maximum security federal prison for alleged terrorist acts, including the
attempted theft of WRX3883 from the lab where he worked. Rhodes has no idea why
he has been arrested, but when Allaire offers to free him in exchange for his
help combating the virus, he reluctantly agrees to do what he can to support
the government that has imprisoned him without apparent cause.
Meanwhile, every single person in line for presidential
succession is trapped inside the Capitol—every person except one: the director
of Homeland Security, who is safely at home in Minnesota, having been selected
as the “Designated Survivor” for this event. With enemies both named and
unnamed closing in, and the security of the nation at stake, Griff must unravel
the mysteries of WRX3883 without violating his pledge as a scientist to use no
animal testing in his experiments … and time is running out.
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