Europe is on the brink of a cataclysm.
The Nazis have marched into the Rhineland.
In Russia, Stalin has unleashed his Great Terror.
Spain has erupted in civil war.
In Berlin, a young Englishwoman evades the Gestapo to deliver vital papers to a Jewish scientist. Within weeks, she is found dead in her Cambridge bedroom, a silver syringe at her side.
In a London club, three senior members of the British establishment light the touch paper on a conspiracy that will threaten the very heart of government.
In a country house near Cambridge, an elderly couple are discovered brutally murdered.
But what has this to do with the looming abdication of Edward VIII and the unstoppable march of fascism?
Set against the drumbeat of war and moving from Berlin to Cambridge, from Whitehall to the Kent countryside, and from the Fens to the Aragon Front in Spain, this superbly atmospheric, accomplished and original novel marks the beginning of a major new series from bestselling author Rory Clements.