"My mind drifted back to May 1968, when I was here in Nha Trang, with only one worry in the world --- staying alive." --- Chief Warrant Officer Paul Brenner, on civilian assignment in Vietnam, 1999.
Thirty years later, staying alive is once again the biggest hurdle Paul Brenner faces, while trying to solve an ancient murder and figure out his current love life. It would probably be easier if he were in possession of all the facts, but his mission and the means by which to accomplish it are maddeningly vague. His ex-boss in the army Criminal Investigation Division, Colonel Karl Hellmann, asks a favor of his ex-best agent: Find the eyewitness to the decades-old crime, back in Vietnam, with no official standing. While trying to sort out his stalled relationship with Cynthia Sunhill, an agent whom he met during the investigation chronicled in THE GENERAL'S DAUGHTER, an