Chicago is the largest city in the US state of Illinois, and the third largest city in the United States, after New York and Los Angeles. The city is home to Martin Lynch, Simon Lynch, Peter Lynch, and Art Jeffries. In June 1998, Jeffries - a disgraced FBI Special Agent - first crossed paths with then-nine year-old autistic Simon Lynch, who had accidentally deciphered a top secret government code, placing a death warrant on the innocent, yet dubious boy. Lynch's parents were murdered instead, by an assassin named Peter Burrell, whose boss, Lt. Colonel Nicholas Kudrow, had put the order out for the boy's elimination.