Tess Shearer, a counterculture journalist, accidentally jogs into the arms of President Harrison Cantrell Henry. After their steamy unpublicized love affair ends, Tess returns home to Arizona and gives birth to Mikka, a precocious child with the strange ability to transcend time and space.
Nearly three years later, President Henry challenges the status quo with his unusual agenda of putting people before profit and demanding full disclosure of the UFO enigma. He disappears in a staged assassination as Tess and Mikka are pursued by agents of The Company, a depraved shadow government controlled by extraterrestrial interests determined to usurp Earth's most powerful governments and dwindling resources using any available tool.
Tess stays one step ahead of trouble in a mad dash through Arizona with the help of New Age
ministers, a Native seer, and her gay brother, the unwitting dupe of a Company agent. Finally
captured by Company agents on a remote ranch, Tess and Mikka ironically survive a helicopter
crash near their home in the Yavapai County, near where Henry has escaped an underground military installation. When the lovers connect again, they must reconsider their personal desires and focus instead on Mikka's survival.
Recently I received a positive unsolicited critique from a 2006 XYZ unpublished novel competition judge. (this isn't a publishing credit; leave it out)
This doesn't work as a hook because the villain is preposterously unbelievable. Villains work best when they are specific, with specific threats. Frankly I think aliens could do a better job governing Italy just for starters. You never mention why Tess and Mikka are targets. Should we assume it's cause they think Mikka is dangerous? She's a toddler for dog's sake.
If Mikka is the focus, start with her. The rest is all set up or backstory anyway. And you can only use one cliche per page. You have one in nearly every sentence.