Despite all her years determining the fates of families, veteran family court judge Hope Willis couldn't save her own. She never saw the car containing her kidnapped daughter, struggling to get out. Now she's frantically grasping at anything that might result in Krissy's rescue. Her husband dead-set against it, she calls Casey Woods, the head of Forensic Instincts, a renegade team of investigators, with a reputation for doing whatever it takes to solve life-or-death crimes.
A behaviorist. A techno-wizard. An intuitive. A former Navy S.E.A.L. A retired FBI Victim Recovery dog. All unconventional operatives. All with unique talents, skills, and personal reasons for being part of Casey's team.
Now they're up against what appears to be a precision kidnapping of a five-year-old. A strange distraction belies Hope Willis' desperation. Her husband, a cut-throat defense attorney, has a clear agenda of his own. Together, they have more than their fair share of enemies. Motives and suspects abound. But beneath the surface, lies a decades-old secret that threatens Forensic Instincts' investigation, along with any hope of finding Krissy.
Time is running out, and even with the little girl's life on the line the authorities are working round the clock within the confines of the legal system. Casey knows that staying within those confines is not enough. Not when the difference between bringing Krissy back alive and disappearing forever could be as shallow as a suspect's rapid breathing, or as deep as Hope's dark family history.