Malcolm Carter and Ryan Boone, two New York City friends whose lives have been dominated by the financial markets, are about to exchange their charts and reports for guns and survival supplies - but not because they want to. When China and Japan decide it's time to dump US Treasury bonds, an economic nightmare plays out in America. The Federal Reserve watches helplessly as the dollar is decimated, and the resulting food shortage spreads lawlessness across the land like a virus.
Malcolm is a successful day trader who always needs to make one more score before he'll listen to Ryan and diversify some of his assets into real estate or gold. He figures an impressively larger bank account might be the only way he can lure his Secret Service agent ex-wife back.
Malcolm finally hits it big by aggressively shorting bonds when the market crashes but waits too long to invest in tangibles. All that newfound money suddenly won't buy him a bar of gold, a pint of beer, or a minute of Hannah's attention - especially when she's in the field chasing down a former counterfeiting gang.
As luck would have it, Ryan turns out to be a closet doomsday prepper. The two of them attempt to escape the chaotic Big Apple and reach Ryan's land in West Virginia, supplied by only the contents of Ryan's bug-out bag. But it's not going to be an easy journey. Traveling has become difficult and dangerous. Malcolm learns he must redirect the same tenacity that helped him beat the markets toward staying alive on the road...and, hopefully, finding Hannah.
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