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Now, one year into office, Kirkman is a Commander-in-chief determined to rebuild the capitol and capture the terrorists behind the catastrophic attack on the United States. When Ukrainian nationalists hijack a Russian Air flight, the president is faced with a hostage situation in which his diplomatic skills are put to the test.
It's one year into Tom presidency, and he is down in the polls, the big issues being the overall cost and the cost overruns in getting the Capitol rebuilt within the year, and Patrick Lloyd still not being apprehended. To help get legislation passed in light of the polls and thus a potentially uncooperative Congress, Emily has long tried to convince Tom to hire a political director, most specifically Lyor Boone, who she considers the most brilliant person with who she has ever worked, that experience eight years ago. Despite not being swayed by poll numbers, Tom hires Lyor on a trial basis. Emily may regret the suggestion as although Lyor does know what he is doing, his idiosyncrasies, which pervade the way he works and deals with associates, may be too much for Aaron and Seth to handle. Lyor may be the final straw for Seth, who questions his own usefulness to the administration. Tom faces new pressures as a Russian passenger jet has been hijacked on the field at Chicago Metro Airport. The one hundred sixty-five hostages aboard are primarily American, with a contingent of aide workers who were destined for the Ukraine. The hijackers eventually identify themselves as Ukrainian nationalists, information which the Russians will probably use to take further military action in the Ukraine. Tom eventually discovers that an old friend is aboard the flight, which, if known, the hijackers could use as a further bargaining chip. With both the Ukrainian and Russian diplomatic corps digging in their heels over the matter, Tom has to make some difficult decisions to avert hostage fatalities, especially Americans, and that crisis in the Ukraine. The answer may be found in following the money. Tom also has to juggle a scheduled meeting with political satirist Elias Grandi, the only National Medal for the Arts recipient with who Tom has not yet met. Putting Grandi off may be political suicide as Grandi is already not a fan of the establishment, his poison pen which may be directed at Tom and his already struggling administration. Meanwhile, Hannah is in Amsterdam following a lead as to Patrick Lloyd's whereabouts. She finds that MI6 is also interested in finding Lloyd, agent Damian Rennett who is following those same leads.
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