On a starry summer night in Hong Kong a beautiful woman celebrates her birthday by dying. On a rainy spring evening in London a young American is cut down in the street outside in the U.S. Embassy. On a hot summer day near Washington D. C., a senior CIA official vanishes into thin air. Random, unrelated events? Or pieces of the same puzzle? These events are no accidents, it seems, when it is discovered that the woman in Hong Kong had a CIA lover. That the London murder was a case of mistaken identity. And that the intended target was the wife of that same CIA official, Senior Deputy Drummond MacNeil, who has since gone missing. Officially the government's position is that the American student is a casualty in the war on terrorism and that the Hong Kong case is a local police natter. As for the runaway CIA deputy--Washington can only pray the media doesn't find out about him before he's located and neutralized. To find MacNeil, investigators are taking a close look at his pasts actions, public and private. And at his restless wife, Carrie.