A child he's never met. A danger he's never known. Deep in the humid, rank heart of the Louisiana bayou, a survivalist group has something that belongs to former Navy SEAL Ben Slocum: his son. That he's a father is news Ben didn't expect. But once the shock wears off, the confirmed bachelor takes in what social worker Claire Chastain is saying: that Sam is in the custody of an abusive degenerate, that they've disappeared ... and that Ben is now the child's only hope. As Ben and Claire band together to track the two down, their concern for the boy draws them closer, each fighting feelings there's no time to explore.