Six envelopes are delivered simultaneously, one to each New England governor. The letter enclosed reads: in four days at noon, six billion dollars must be placed in a Swiss bank account or thousands of New Englanders will die. In New Hampshire, Hudson and Cilla Rogers, unaware of the letters, have their new marriage interrupted by a connected kidnapping attempt on Cilla and demolition of their Bartlett home, attacks that send Hudson in pursuit. The trail leads through Seattles Mt. Rainier to the deserts of Arizona. To trouble. Cilla, suddenly realizing she may be the only one who can counter the horrifying New England threat, decides she must climb into the brutal winter winds and cold at the top of Mt. Washington. Can this strange ascent end the danger? And can it save her husband who may now be dying in the Southwestern desert.