David B. McKinney lives in the Houston, Texas, suburb of Spring. A former journalist, he retired after thirty-one years with a major oil company and taught communications part time at the University of Houston for more than a decade. McKinney is a contributor to four communications textbooks and author of The Invisible Four. He and his wife, Dana, are part-year residents of Flagstaff, Arizona. They have three adult children and eight grandchildren.
Lien Phan Birchfield is on a quest for closure about his missing father, who was designated by the U.S. Army in 1972 as ""presumed killed in action...somewhere in Southeast Asia"". Lien shocks his family and friends when he tells them his plan for uncovering the fate of Sgt. Birchfield more than twenty years after his disappearance. Lien's college roommate dubbed the daring plan an ""extreme road-trip misadventure"". Lien takes leave from Bayou City College and embarks on what could be a real-life movie adventure with sequels, often the life-and-death type. Along the way, he is pursued by violent criminals whose continued existence in the underworld hinges on preventing Lien from returning to civilization. The chase is on.