Roger Ferris is one of the CIA's soldiers in the war on terrorism. He has come out of Iraq to penetrate the network of a master terrorist. Ferris' plan is inspired by a masterpiece of British intelligence during World War II: he prepares a body of lies, literally the corpse of an imaginary CIA officer who appears to have recruited an agent within the enemy's ranks.
But when the scheme begins to unravel, Ferris finds himself flying blind into a hurricane. His only hope is the urbane head of Jordan's intelligence service - a man who just might be an Arab version of John le Carré's celebrated spy, George Smiley. But can Ferris trust him? And can he trust the CIA?