While most of the residents in the wealthy, historic Charleston enclave of Landgrave Hall are asleep at two-thirty in the morning, Huger Dillard and his father, "Unc," are heading to the adjoining golf course. Blinded by a terrible accident that killed his wife, Unc prefers to practice his golf game when no one is watching. But before anyone can even tee off, Huger makes a grisly find: a woman's body, anchored deep in the mud. The discovery sets off a chain of events that puts Huger and his family up against secret military forces, shadowy global networks, and more. The only thing connecting them all is Landgrave Hall - and the treacherous reason why this area is so important to so many people.