Two small towns in the middle of nowhere: Hope and Despair. Between them, nothing but twelve miles of empty road. Jack Reacher can't find a ride, so he walks. All he wants is a cup of coffee. What he gets are four hostile locals, a vagrancy charge, and an order to move on.
They're picking on the wrong guy.
Reacher is a hard man. No job, no address, no baggage. Nothing at all, except hardheaded curiosity. What are the secrets that Despair seems so desperate to hide?
With just one ally -- a mysterious woman cop from Hope -- and many enemies, Reacher goes up against a whole town. hunting the rich man at its core, cracking open his terrifying agenda, asking the question: Who has the edge -- a man with everything to gain, or a man with nothing to lose?