In an harmless heartland city, five are shot lifeless by an expert sniper. The police quick become aware of and arrest the offender, and construct a slam-dunk case. But rather than confessing, the accused man writes the phrases, "Get Jack Reacher." Reacher himself sees the news report and turns up within the metropolis. The protection is immensely relieved, but Reacher has come to bury the guy. Stunned at the accused's demand, Reacher goes out to confirm for himself the absolute fact of the man's guilt, but comes up with extra than he bargained for.