When a man running for minor office in Brooklyn asks if the United States should limit Islamic presence inside its borders, troubled citizens rush to acclaim him and push the issue. His wife wants to use the spotlight to promote anti-war and environmental aims, but dreads public notice of herself and her children. A young reporter becomes involved in the thickening plot as bombs shake America and flames engulf a major city. The country wonders if we can retain cherished traditions in an open society. Is it inevitable that the nation will be plagued with internal war?