In Two Tickets to Memphis, the protagonist, Simon Sample, assumes that he will one day fill the shoes of a venerable New York City congressman who is up for reelection in the 14th district. As the chief fundraiser for the congressman's reelection campaign, Simon considers himself to be a man of integrity and has the affluence, the education, and the political connections to make it to Capitol Hill on the coattails of the congressman's long and commendable career. But when his own father and his best friend implicate him in a bribery scandal, Simon is forced out of his job and becomes the object of scorn and scrutiny by a relentless New York City press.
Stripped of his career and his income, Simon finds work as an assistant to an elderly man who slowly indoctrinates him into an underground terrorist organization that plans to hold the tenants of a Midtown apartment building hostage. Little does Simon know that this same terrorist group monitored his actions all along and orchestrated the bribery scandal that led to his downfall.