Amelia Pierce's calm, comfortable world is shattered on her thirtieth birthday.  In the space of a few terrifying, explosive minutes, her parents are killed before her eyes; their home is destroyed; and she, Amelia, shoots a man.

Her father's dying revelation is a shock: Arthur Pierce is not a retired CIA-cryptographer turned international journalist -- he is a filed operative for The Network, a secret international organization dedicated to stamping out terrorism.  Now Amelia must complete his last mission: convey a battered notebook to the head of the Network, Davis Hyatt.

Amelia is not a spy -- she is a book editor.  But the survival games of her youth were rigorous training exercises designed by her ever-vigilant father, and Amelia has her Russian ballerina mother's iron will -- and some good luck.  Despite repeated attempts on her life, Amelia delivers the notebook and its coded message, the details of a terrorist plot against the United States.

The mysterious, nameless assassin on her trail is fascinated by Amelia, by her ability to escape his deadliest traps, by her haunting beauty.  Davis Hyatt's second in command, Burt Sergeant, doesn't trust Amelia, fearing she is a terrorist plant sent to undermine the Network.

Amelia breaks her father's personal cipher and discovers the terrorists' weapon -- genetically engineered bubonic plague, 100% fatal in three days, ready to be dumped into major U.S. reservoirs.

The nameless assassin will do the job...unless the Network can stop him.  Burt Sergeant is right -- someone at the Network is a traitor.  Amelia Pierce, frightened and betrayed, finds herself in the assassin's arms. She must stop him -- even if it means exposing herself to the plague.

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