The White House is a smoking ruin. In Wyoming, an armed militia of thousands marches toward a final, apocalyptic battle. For thirty years humanity struggled to cope with the brilliants, the one percent of people born with remarkable gifts -- and failed. Nick Cooper has spent his life fighting for his children and his country. Now, as the world staggers on the edge of ruin, he must risk everything he loves to face his oldest enemy -- a brilliant terrorist...
"The brilliants changed everything. Since 1980, 1% of the world has been born with gifts we'd only dreamed of. The ability to sense a person's most intimate secrets, or predict the stock market, or move virtually unseen. For thirty years the world has struggled with a growing divide between the exceptional...and the rest of us. Now a terrorist network led by brilliants has crippled three cities. Supermarket shelves stand empty. 911 calls go unanswered....
Waking up half-drowned on an abandoned beach with no memory of who he is, a man stumbles on a BMW and assumes the identity of the person whose papers and clothes he locates inside, soon finding himself targeted for the man's alleged activities.
Nick Cooper, a federal agent, has gifts rendering him exceptional at hunting terrorists. His latest target may be the most dangerous man alive, a brilliant drenched in blood and intent on provoking civil war. But to catch him, Cooper will have to violate everything he believes in--and betray his own kind.