What if the President's worst enemy were his own running mate?
White House staffer Emma Patchett has a powerful mentor in Veronica Diener, the Vice President of the United States. Emma and V.P. Diener both come from powerful political families, went to the same university, and share the same driving ambition. Emma is determined to follow the V.P. to the White House after the next election.
But when the Norwegian Oil Minister dies with his head on her dessert plate, a victim of poison, Emma becomes enmeshed in a conspiracy that threatens her idealistic beliefs. To protect a friend implicated in the minister’s death and with the assistance of her Secret Service suitor, Emma uses her top-level access to probe into the Vice President’s private affairs. What she discovers forces her to choose between her ambition and her mentor on one hand, and her integrity on the other.
While in Norway with the Vice President, Emma discovers evidence linking the Vice President to an assassination plan targeting the President of the United States. Kidnapped on the streets of Oslo and forced to parachute into the remote Norwegian wilderness, Emma has to escape her captors and contact the Secret Service.
You're awash in description and backstory. Start with the Oslovian corpse and go from there. Who's the bad guy? The Veep? Yawn. a Secret cabal of businessmen intent on tying up the world's oil supply? yawn.
And was his head on her "dessert plate" before he croaked or did his head land there as a consquence of death? Inquiring minds want to know.