Hugh McElroy has been called to negotiate a hostage situation at a local women’s reproductive health clinic where shots have already been fired. A SWAT team is ready to storm the gates, but Hugh has a particular reason for not wanting to chance any more casualties…his daughter is inside. The shooter has a “divine” purpose for murder relating to his own daughter’s decision to abort her pregnancy. Picoult progresses her story by counting the hours backward to the clinic’s early morning opening. Tension rises throughout the book as you find out each individual character’s back story and how they respond to this act of violence. Without preaching or taking sides, Picoult portrays both sides of an issue still very much in the news.