Disfigured for life by his natural father, Joe Trona owes
everything to the charismatic Orange County politician who adopted him and brought him up as his own. He repays the debt by serving as Will Trona's right-band man and bodyguard - until one night Will is murdered before his eyes. All Joe can do now is avenge him.
Sifting for clues through his father's life - acquaintances, deals, enemics, girlfriends - Joe comes to realize how many secrets Will Trona possessed, and how many people he had the power to harm. Two leads keep rising to the surface: a little girl who's heen kidnapped by her mentally disturbed brother, and two rival gangs that seem to have joined forces. And as Joe weaves these strands together he is forced to confront his own painful memories as a disturbing figure emerges from the past.