Behind Harry Strand is a career in American intelligence he wishes he could forget and a wife for whom he can't stop mouning. Then Mara Song dives into the lap pool of his exclusive club and into his life with an allure he can't resist, an extraordinary business proposition he can't refuse - and a window into his greatest nightmare of all. For one day on Mara's VCR, Harry happens to watch a surveillance tape of his wife's final, terrifying moments. he sees her car forced off the road. He understands only too well who the killers are. And now, through a series of agonizing, chesslike gambits, he will find a way to make them pay.