Stephen Nicholson is a full-time correction officer at the volatile Boston House. He also has an interesting side job: private investigation. William Barnes, a multi-millionaire from Hoosac Mills, hires Stephen to investigate the cold case murder of his daughter, Laiken. Stephen is hired on the premise he may know the perpetrator. He and some of his friends were Laiken’s former love interests. She was a party girl—last seen alive leaving a Halloween frat party at Taconic State College in western Massachusetts. With Barnes’ political influence, Stephen is paired with Hoosac Mills police detective Melanie Leary. At the Boston House, Stephen becomes engrossed in a personal struggle where he must free a neighborhood co-worker from the throes of prison corruption. He thinks he solves the problem, but forgets that prison is a most unforgiving and relentless place. Stephen burns the candle at both ends—and soon personal friends emerge as murder suspects. Stephen and Melanie link the Laiken Barnes case with unsolved murders from 1991 and 1995. A task force is formed. A name is given to the psychopath who kills every four years: the Olympian. The year is 1999 and the Olympian knows he is being pursued. Instead of flight, he plots. Stephen and Melanie must push it to the limit—even jeopardizing their growing relationship—to prevent the Olympian from succeeding in his crowning achievement: kill number four.