Joe McKibben, a retired chief of detectives, and now the owner of a historical research business is wrestling with the emotions of grief after his wife of thirty years is killed in a vehicle crash. When he finds the brutally slain body of a close friend and fellow retired detective, his emotions explode into raging anger and thoughts of revenge. He steps back into the world of a cop to begin a multi-state search for his friend's killer. When he meets the widow of a Maryland State Trooper, he learns that life has only one true beginning and one true ending. Between these, he finds the middle, a place where he cannot go back and start over, but one where he can start anew and move forward.