While attending Cambridge University, Dalton Lee cleverly deduced who had assassinated a congresswoman back in his home state of California. His ingenious discovery led to the arrest of a leader in a worldwide terrorist organization intent on bringing down free societies from within. The arrest crippled the organization, causing them to retrench their activities to occasional kidnappings of people who somehow interfered with their plans.
But two decades later, The Organization has restrengthened and has resumed its plans for global domination in numerous cities worldwide. Dalton Lee is now one of the world's pre-eminent architects and he has his associates all have loved ones held captive by The Organization.
Working alongside local and federal authorities, Lee and his team use their cunning, and sometimes dumb luck, to solve the murders undertaken by The Organization and rescue the hostages they consider so dear.