Few politicians can bear the scrutiny of the press, allowing perpetually secluded skeletons to surface. But after a zealous reporter investigates the past of vice-presidential candidate, Austin Douglas, the rising political star decides that his only course of action is to temporarily resurrect his skeletons.
Sam Johnson has been targeted by The Project, but he survives a violent car crash and discovers that someone is trying to kill him. He begins digging and finds that all but three members of a group of friends from the '60s have recently died in freak accidents. Austin Douglas is one of those still alive.
When Austin learns that his old high-school buddy is the only one who survived The Project, he charters a Learjet to Denver for a quick meeting to eliminate the fortuitous Sam Johnson. However, the rendezvous with Sam proves disastrous for Austin, freeing an additional skeleton that Austin thought was safely locked in the deepest caverns of his mind.
Sam and his fiancée, Angie, are forced to run for their lives. A chess match begins, a match that is heavily stacked in Austin's favor and becomes deadlier with each move. Can a pawn go head-to-head with a king and win?