A watcher in Venice tells Dan Stone, a CIA assassin, to take a job he doesn't want: rescue a runaway girl and kill her captor. Against the wishes of his handlers, he plunges ahead. Dan's decision leads him on a mad chase through Croatia, Slovenia, and Austria with a drug-addled girl and two killers on his tail. He's following a dark and deadly labyrinth of deceit, treachery, and depravity that ends with a deadly terrorist attack. Will Dan be able to disrupt it in time?
Dan is divided between two loyalties: one to the CIA and one to those who see his missions as part of a great battle between good and evil. Now he is walking a tightrope between deadly killer and protector.