When lawmakers legalized the sale of human organs, they had hoped to eradicate an evil black market that specialized in the sale of stolen body parts. Instead, they created a corrupt and evil empire.
Society is now home to big business organ harvesting, where body parts come with high price tags, everything can be bought and sold, and available donors are no longer only ill-fated motorcycle drivers and those altruistically checking off the required box on their driver’s licenses. Cash-desperate healthy specimens – “vendors” – can pre-sell their organs before death, and there’s a huge and ready market waiting for these human parts. And people needing a new heart or kidney in order to live are not the only customers: now anyone who wants to be younger can buy an organ for “rejuvenation” – the only thing required is a vast amount of cash or significant political influence.
But with the prospect of rejuvenation transplants to extend life available for the wealthy, politicians are in a race to protect the industry from an increasingly anxious public. Organ brokerages face attacks from terrified citizens while congress pushes ahead laws to protect companies like Zarus, the largest organ trading business in the world and the richest company in North America.
Lynn Clarke, a Secret Service Agent, has an extremely rare blood type, and when she appears on the files of Zarus she becomes their most wanted prize. When Clarke investigates an assassination plot against a congressman, she discovers that the assassin was recently a recipient of very expensive new organs, and further investigation leads Clarke back to Zarus. As Clarke continues to ask questions related to her case, her career takes a nosedive, and then her very life is in danger. While on Presidential protection detail during a trip to Cuba, Clarke herself is eventually charged with treason, accused of leaking information to her journalist boyfriend who now faces life in prison.
While under house arrest and facing a costly legal defense, Clarke gets tangled up with an organ broker. But when an intruder shoots Clarke at her home, organ-harvesting protocol at the hospital is initiated as soon as she is pronounced dead. Quickly, clients awaiting her organs are informed, but everyone is unaware that doctors are resuscitating Clarke under the threat of a gun held by a Secret Service Agent, a man who was once her lover.
When an aggrieved organ recipient accuses Clarke of breaking her contract and sues Clarke, interested parties covertly push the case up to the US Supreme Court. The Court rules against the agent, sparking riots and death across America. Because now any citizen could find themselves nothing more than a resource to be taken piece by piece.
With half the country against Clarke, ruthless men are circling and waiting for a chance to seize her heart, and she still has to face charges of treason. Among these dangerous circumstances, Clarke must prove her innocence, escape the surgeon’s knife, and save the lives of millions.
To save the country, Clarke must first save herself.