A woman, Standford graduate student Meghan Dillon, is missing and the FBI's first partnership of two women help local authorities investigate the case. Special Agent Mallory Channing (40) is an experienced agent, and 28 year-old Kip Palazzi is inexperienced.
Despite standard operating procedures calling for the FBI to take over a case once its agents are on the scene, an arrangement has been made where Sheriff Lonigen will remain in overall charge and the agents will provide assistance, as needed (page 7). The assistance: handling the press, re-interviewing the contacts and generally helping out in the squad room including manning the phones. Kip Palazzi, handling the phones, receives a tip : "If they wanted to find the blonde chick they should check out a boat called Big Wizz off Sycamore point." Palazzi and Mallory are the only ones in the office when the tip comes in, and seeing their chance for some real work, immediately head to the marina, without leaving word of their activities.
The agents rent a boat and head out to near the Big Wizz (a large yacht), and act as if they were just tourists sunbathing on the water (and as neither brought a swimsuit, that involves a certain amount of nudity). When the agents spot some men leaving Big Wizz on a small boat, they head over to the yacht and go on-board. As the agents wander through the ship, they head toward some soft moans, and are captured and restrained. They eventually find out that the moans had been coming from the barely clothed Meghan, restrained, and hanging in a room on the boat.
Despite protests that they are Federal agents and that those on board are in trouble with the law, the Big Wiz's Captain (Captain Thompson) takes the boat out into international waters, and heads down to South America. On the way, the Captain and crew play with their captives. Arriving in South America, the three women are sold to a representative (Major Guzman) of a guerrilla leader (General Hernandez). The representative leads the women along a long trail up into the mountains, and eventually reaches the guerrilla camp.
Overall, Winslow's book is interesting, the plot has some holes, and the characterization of the major characters is good. The book contains Humiliation/rape/nc/white slavery.