Thomas Pitt is now the powerful head of Britainâ€™s Special
Branch, and some people fear that he may have been promoted
beyond his abilities. His own self-doubt is fueled by rumors
of a plot to blow up connections on the Dover-London rail
line, on which Austrian duke Alois Habsburg is soon to
travel. But why destroy an entire train to kill one obscure
Austrian royal? Are the rumors designed to distract police
from an even more devastating plot?
Meanwhile, in a London sickroom, an old Italian woman is
terrified that as she sinks into dementia, she may divulge
secrets from her career as a revolutionary spy. And behind
the doors of a stately manor, a beautiful young Croatian
woman hoards mysteries of her own. Pitt and his clever wife,
Charlotte, need these two fascinating women to tell them
things they desperately need to knowâ€”before death and terror
ignite an international catastrophe.