On the outskirts of Durban, a car is hijacked. The owner, Suzanne Fessey, fights back and kills one thief but the other, wounded, escapes with her baby strapped into the back seat. Called in to pursue the missing vehicle are helicopter tracker pilot Nia Carras, and wildlife researcher Mike Dunn, the only man nearby on the ground who can follow the car. The police have bigger problems; a suicide bomber has killed the visiting American ambassador, and chaos has descended on KwaZulu-Natal. As Mike and Nia track the missing baby through game reserves from Zululand to Zimbabwe, they soon realise that Suzanne is much more than a worried mother, and that the war on terror has erupted in their part of the world.