What if there was a new weapon that could be disguised as a communications satellite. What if that same weapon had the ability, and power, to eradicate any, and all, devices that use electricity?
Jack Denton, military intelligence officer, discovered evidence that this weapon was being built by China ten years ago. When he told his government superiors, they wouldn't believe him. Disgusted, Jack resigned his position and began quietly preparing for this apocalyptic event.
He bought a ranch in Wyoming but hadn't planned on falling in love with the foreman’s daughter, Emma Hudson. After two years, they were about to be married when she abruptly called it off and moved to Atlanta. Baffled by Emma’s actions, Jack continued to fortify his ranch and, optimistically, await her return.
It has now been eight years and Emma is moving back to Wyoming. Without warning, Jack’s former boss, Jason Evans, shows up on Jack’s doorstep. Jason informs Jack that he had been right about everything. The weapon is now a reality and not just one, but several are orbiting the globe. Jason also reveals that the American government has been working on a shield against the weapon’s effects. Jack learns that Jason has come to enlist his help to question a Chinese scientist who has defected. He also needs Jack to travel with the defector and himself to complete the shield in Tennessee.
With sketchy information about the defector now traveling from Oregon and the announcement from Jason that the weapons would be set off in six weeks, Jack must decide whether to get involved or not.
Suddenly, time runs out. The bombs are detonated prematurely wiping out all modern conveniences. Emma is now stranded in Atlanta and the crucial Chinese scientist is in Oregon. Jack Denton must take the journey of a lifetime to retrieve the defector, travel to Tennessee, rescue Emma and save the world from certain destruction.
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