The Republicans are coming to St. Paul for their convention. Throwing a big party is supposed to be fun, but crashing the party are a few hard cases the police would rather stayed away. Chief among them is a crew of professional stick-up men who've spotted several lucrative opportunities, ranging from political moneymen with briefcases full of cash to that convention hotel with the weakness in its security system. All that's headache enough for Lucas Davenport -- but what's about to hit him is even worse. A while back, a stray bullet put a pimp and petty thief named Randy Whitcomb into a wheelchair, and ever since, the man has been nursing a grudge into a full head of psychotic steam. He blames Davenport for the bullet, but it's no fun just shooting him. That wouldn't be painful enough. Not when Davenport has a pretty fourteen-year-old adopted daughter whom Whitcomb can target instead. And then there's the young man with the .50-caliber sniper rifle and the right-wing-crazy back-ground, roaming through a city filled with the most powerful politicians on earth.