In Suicide Mission, Schoen introduces us to Sara Night, a young girl who was forced to deal with the tragic loss of her family all in one day when a car accident took their lives, leaving only Sara alive. When we first meet her, she is understandably depressed and withdrawn, with her only support coming from her friend Damon. Luckily, the man who pulled her from the car and saved her life decides to adopt her so she has a place to live, and other people to rely on to help her deal with her loss. Despite this, Sara attempts suicide, though clearly she does not succeed.
Sara is presented with an opportunity, one that, as it's presented to her, will give her a new clarity of purpose, a reason for living. She is recruited as an agent in a top secret organization that has a mission to take down a large drug cartel. They need a thief, and that thief is Sara (it's explained earlier in the book that she's rather talented at swiping other people's things, and picking locks). Through this adventure, she ends up discovering that her family's death was not, in fact, an accident, releasing her from the burden of guilt that she'd been carrying around since the night it happened (she blamed herself because she had been driving).
My favorite part of this book was the transformation process that Sara goes through. She goes from a girl that is controlled by the circumstances she is given to taking charge of her own life. She uses what happened to her to give her the energy and drive to help others in her situation. If ever there was a main character that changed throughout the book (a big piece of the novel pie that is always preached at writing conferences), Sara Night is it.