Imagine being a hunter leading highly-trained bloodhounds in pursuit of a killer... and the trail leads directly to you! In a fit of rage, Secretary of Defence David Brice (Gene Hackman) murders his mistress. To keep a lid on the scandal, Brice's loyal aide (Will Patton), creates the perfect cover-up: he "invents" a more enticing killer - a Russian spy - and then enlists naval commander Tom Farrcll (Kevin Costncr) to find him. But as a chilling twist of fate would have it, Farrell also has a strong connection to the victim... and now all the clues he's been hired to uncover are leading straight to him! In a desperate race against time, Farrcll's search for the killer is not only a matter of national security, but also a matter of saving his own hide.