This is the second in the trilogy about Meg Powers (the first sequel to The President's Daughter, in which Meg's mother was elected President). In this novel, Meg continues to deal with the pressure of the being the only daughter of the first female President of the United States. At first Meg's major dilemmas are dealing with the media and her first serious boyfriend, but then there is an assassination attempt on Meg's mother.
After her mother is shot, the whole family must not only deal with the pressure of having a gravely injured family member, but they must also do it in the public eye, which complicates matters. Meg and her younger brothers, in particular, have to address their fear about their safety. For example, Meg has to drop off the tennis team because the Secret Service is unable to protect her while she is playing.
The personality dynamics of the family also add conflict to the plot. All of the members of the family--but in particular Meg and her mother--have difficulty talking to each other about what is worrying them. Instead, they tend to brood and get angry with one another quickly. This makes it difficult for them to overcome the trauma of Katharine's injuries.
The conflict is resolved when Meg is able to talk about her feelings about her mother's injuries--first with her friends and family, and finally, at the end of the book, with the media.
This report prepared by Heather B.