At the urging of an old friend, devout Quaker Elizabeth Elliot travels far from her peaceful New England home to visit a town simmering with the deadly fallout of a government cover-up. Reba Nichols, Elizabeth's ex-college roommate, is convinced that a region of central Washington State is contaminated with radiation from the Hanford nuclear plant. Counting on Elizabeth for support, Reba sets out to gather some damning evidence. But to Elizabeth's horror, Reba's zealous search for the truth quickly reaps a grim reward-murder. Swept up in a deadly confrontation with the darkest side of human nature, Elizabeth's Quaker ethics are put to the ultimate test.