At forty-eight, Tim Cranmer is a secret servant in premature retirement to deepest rural England. His Cold War is fought and won, and he is free to devote himself to his stately manor house, his vineyard, and his beautiful young mistress, Emma. As the story opens, Larry and Emma have disappeared. Setting off in pursuit of them, Tim discovers that he is also being pursued by his former masters. The hunter becomes the hunted. Raiding his own past like a thief, Larry Pettifer follows Larry and Emma into the minefield - physical and emotional - of their new allegiance.