An important British Diplomat is abducted in Pakistan. What appears to be a terrorist outrage may be the result of a vendetta by a powerful tycoon.
Nick Dyson, a young barrister, is the personal assistant of Robert Laidlaw who is Special Envoy to the Middle East, based in Islamabad. Nick, Robert and Emma his wife have made a bitter enemy of Gerald Macbeth, now an influential tycoon in Islamabad. When Robert disappears and his security guard is beheaded, Nick suspects that Macbeth is behind the crimes. He tries to persuade Emma to leave Pakistan with him. Can he find and rescue Robert? Can the three of them get out of the country?