Beecher White works at the National Archives. He's contacted by an old high school girlfriend who wants to find her father.
When they are together at the Archives, he wants to impress her and takes her to a secret vault where the president comes to read documents at the archives. While there, they discover a document taped to the bottom of a chair. Apparently, the document was from George Washington.
Something happens to one of the employees and Beech is questioned about what went on in the reading room.
Clemmi learns that her father was actually Nico Hardriam, who is in a psychiatric hospital after attempting to kill the president, ten years ago.
She goes to visit her father and the two meet for the first time. Beech follows her and learns that Nico knows about the book they found. He tells them that this is how Washington and other presidents communicated with an inner circle of informational givers.
The story was convoluted and I was confused. Not only was the informational group called the Culper Ring, but there are two Culper Rings. In this group of people are the president's physician and barber. The story would appeal to puzzle fans who appreciated "The Da Vinci Code."
The characters were well developed but uninteresting. I also found the antagonists not to be villanous. I was only mildly entertained by this overly complex plot and would rate it 2.5 moving up to 3 stars.