After his wife passed away unexpectedly Frank Pooler went into retirement leading a solitary life after completing two careers--one in the military and another as an academic administrator including being a college president. That peaceful existence came to an abrupt end because of two phone calls. Pooler returned to academic life becoming the interim president for a small college that had lost its president very unexpectedly and had lost track of what it should really be doing engaging in odd and sometimes dangerous practices. His post finds him in conflict with the board and several faculty members as he works to bring the chaotic college into some semblance of order, with the local police as he seeks some cooperation in the investigation of the previous CEO's death, and even with himself as he finds new friends. Working quietly with the help of a few close contacts he is able to bring a level of order to the college, help a new president be selected, root out corruption, and engage in a variety of relationships. His actions lead to a number of unforeseen outcomes.