Marc Royce has been a State Department agent involved in covert operations --- that is, until personal issues lead to his dismissal.
When Alex Baird goes missing in war-torn Baghdad, State comes calling again. Alex is a CIA agent --- and a close friend of Royce. Three others have also dropped out of sight --- a nurse, an aid worker, a wealthy young Iraqi. Are these cases linked? Rumors circulate about a kidnapping conspiracy, yet both American and local officials refuse to pursue it.
Blocked at every turn, Royce eventually unearths a trail of secret encounters between sworn enemies. What he discovers could transform the course of rivalry and reconciliation through