November 1971. Dan Cooper becomes the most mysterious of the hijackers. After hijacking a Boeing, he parachutes over the forests of Portland and disappears forever with his ransom. For journalist Mark Anderson, the case is an obsession: for 45 years, he has been leading the investigation, trying to double-cross the police, sifting through reports... And when the FBI decides to close the case, Anderson hears about a new key witness. The opportunity to dive back into his notes and go over the interrogations of those who, each in their own way, tell the Cooper mystery and reinvent the myth of the outlaw.
In this novel, Pierre Mikaïloff appropriates one of the most legendary American criminal cases. Through the lives of a few anonymous people, he paints a portrait of America, its contemporary gold diggers, its monsters and its doubts.