Behind Harry Strand is a career in American intelligence that he wishes he could forget and a wife, killed in a car accident, who he can't stop thinking about. In spite of his past, Harry has managed to start a new career as a successful art dealer in Houston. Then, mysterious, exotic Mara Song enters his life, sharing the lap pool of an exclusive club where Harry swims alone every morning. For weeks they swim together, never speaking, never actually meeting - until she disappears. A month later Mara walks into his office with a business proposition: she wants Harry to help her sell an extraordinary portfolio of drawings by modern masters. The allure of the cache and of Mara herself is something he can't resist. Even after he discovers in Mara's apartment conclusive evidence that she was involved in the murder of his wife. The Cold War may be over, but Harry's war has just begun.