On one terrible morning, 10-year-old Leona O'Loughlin doesn't show up for school while her detective father, Leo, falls violently ill. Investigators consider the chilling possibility that someone might be trying to eliminate the entire family.
When the four members of the Mark family are found murdered in their home, police suspect someone close to the family is responsible. The bizarre truth will shake the small town of Cedar Falls and devastate the surviving members of the Mark family.
Barbara Mackle, a promising co-ed and real-estate heiress, is kidnapped and buried alive in a coffin-like "capsule." From Washington, D.C., to Miami, local police and the FBI race to find the culprit before Barbara's time underground runs out.