On a cold day in January President Kerry Kilcannon takes the oath of office– and within days makes his first, most important move: appointing a new Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. Kilcannon’s choice is a female judge with a brilliant record. And a secret. While the Senate spars over Caroline Masters’ nomination, an inflammatory abortion rights case is making its way toward the judge–and will explode into the headlines. Suddenly, the most divisive issue in America turns the President’s nomination into all-out war. And from Judge Masters to a conservative, war-hero senator facing a crisis of conscience and a fifteen-year-old girl battling for her future, no one will be safe.?Protect and Defend?takes us on a riveting journey between what is legal, what is right . . . and the price of finally knowing the difference.