Danny “Badger” Baxter has a talent for surveillance. MI6 have a plan to assassinate the Engineer --- a brilliant maker of Improvised Explosive Devices. They know he's leaving Iran; they just need to find out when and where. So Badger finds himself on the wrong side of the Iranian border, burdened with a partner he loathes, lying under a merciless sun in a mosquito-infested marsh, observing the house. If things go wrong, as far as Her Majesty's Government is concerned, his part in the plot is completely deniable. Gerald Seymour explores the moral compromises of the secret world upon which we rely for our everyday security - and the amazing reserves of courage which ordinary people can find in extraordinary circumstances.