Miguel Angel Devora, a devoted son, uncompromising Mexican police detective and recalcitrant assassin, finds the mutilated body of the Juarez chief of police on an unlit street in a stainless steel tub. The chief was his father. Angel must flee from the butchers across the Rio Grande River into the United States, struggling with the obligation of fulfilling vengeance on his father's killers.
Police officer Truett Maas skids through a hard twenty-four hours. He buries his murdered father in the morning, and a bomb planted in a bulletproof vest kills his partner in the afternoon. At night Truett follows a lead, gets bonked on the head and is roused by the Voice on his cell phone. Latched around Truett’s ankle is a remote-controlled explosive device.