Harry Barnett returns to his hometown in England to close his late
mother’s estate, he runs into two old mates from his days in
the RAF. He is invited to the 50th reunion of a dozen comrades who
served together at a castle in Aberdeen, Scotland, where they spent
a tour of duty in 1955. A break from clearing closets and cupboards
sounds like fun, so he joins them for what promises to be a
nostalgic weekend. When one member of the group ends up dead and
another goes missing before they reach their destination, a
perilous search into a murky past begins.
An evening in the bar car renders the revelers unconscious in their
train seats. During the night, Harry’s seatmate gets up for
fresh air and doesn’t come back. By the time they reach
Aberdeen, Harry finds himself under suspicion in his disappearance.
When the man’s body is found alongside the railway tracks,
Harry is a prime murder suspect. As he tries to ferret out the
truth behind the further accidents and disappearances of his old
mates, Harry is drawn deeper into a half-century-old mystery.
None of Harry’s companions seems to have memories of their
tour of duty, which was a crash course in college-level basics.
Yet, slowly, déjà vu creeps in. A tour of the castle
triggers sudden flashes of hidden memories among some of the men,
and the ones with the most vivid recall meet with accidents or even
death. Harry and another of his old buddies remember nothing except
parties and studying, yet as events unfold, they begin to realize
that they too are in imminent danger.
Harry Barnett has a knack for finding himself in the wrong place at
the wrong time. As the reluctant hero of INTO THE
BLUE (1990), he is a down-and-out expatriate living in Greece
who is the last person to see a young woman who vanishes while they
are hiking in the hills above Rhodes. He returns in OUT OF THE
SUN (1996) to resolve a family crisis with a son he never