1998. Kosovo is in the grip of civil war, and John Hart is an aspiring photojournalist determined to capture the devastating scenes. On his mission to shed light on the atrocities he discovers a house where women are enslaved purely for the pleasure of the Serbian soldiers. Hart risks his own life to free the imprisoned women.
2015. John Hart has his world turned upside down when he is left to care for a young woman - the daughter of one of the women he freed that fateful day in Kosovo. She is determined to track down the man known as the Captain: a war criminal, and her father. Unable to turn his back on the girl, Hart sets out to find the Captain. His quest takes him across Europe and into Africa where, on an isolated plateau in the mountains of Ethiopia, he confronts the man who shows no remorse, and no regard for life...
Reading's grisly, downbeat third thriller featuring photographer John Hart (after 2015's The Templar Inheritance) opens in 1998 in a Kosovar village, where Hart rescues several women from a "rape house" run by the Captain, a particularly brutal and indiscriminate killer. One of those saved is the injured 16-year-old Lumnije Dardan, whom Hart leaves in the care of the monks of a monastery. In 2014, Lumnije phones Hart out of the blue and asks him to come to the Macedonian village she now calls home to get something very important. The "something" turns out to be 15-year-old Biljana, rape child of Lumnije and the Captain. Lumnije will lead Hart and his journalist friends, Amira Eisenberger and Leo Percival Rider, on a tortuous journey to find the Captain. Biljana wants to meet her father; the others want to bring him to justice. A clue leads them to the French Foreign Legion post in Djibouti and to wild and wildly improbable chases and confrontations with the elusive, still-deadly Captain.