SANDBLAST tracks U.S. Army Lt. Faraz Abdallah, whose assignment is to use his ethnicity and language skills to get close to the new leader of the Taliban and Al-Qaida in remote eastern Afghanistan, and to call in an air strike or Special Forces raid. In the process, Faraz is forced to actually become a terrorist, and starts to lose himself in the seductive vortex of militant Islamic ideology. His boss back home, army veteran Bridget Davenport, navigates political obstacles, changing priorities and reports of a new 9-11-scale attack in the works, from the Defense Intelligence Agency’s secretive headquarters in the Pentagon. As Faraz goes deeper and deeper into his undercover identity, Bridget finds herself in the White House Situation Room, the Oval Office, and under fire during a trip to Afghanistan with the secretary of defense. She is also adapting to her new civilian life as a single, 38-year-old woman working in a man’s world, and trying to figure out how she feels about her boyfriend, a Navy SEAL who is deployed in Afghanistan, just a few miles away from the Taliban camp where Faraz is pursuing his mission.