As plans get under way for a Middle East peace conference at a Scottish resort, alarming information comes to MI5 from a high-ranking Syrian source: two individuals are planning to violently disrupt the conference, laying the blame on Syria. No one knows who they are or exactly what they're planning, if they're working independently or for an unseen foreign hand. With the leaders of the United States, Israel, Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, and Iran scheduled to attend the conference, no chances can be taken-and it's MI5 officer Liz Carlyle's job to follow every lead. As one clue after another points to a dead end, Liz begins to sense that the threat is far greater than anyone has imagined. Her most reliable tool has always been her keen intuition-about what makes people tick, what makes them explode, what makes them defy the basic constructs of human society-but will it be enough to avert a disaster that may forever erase the possibility of peace in the Middle East? Once again, Stella Rimington brings her experience as the first woman Director General of MI5 to bear in this powerfully suspenseful, intellectually and psychologically riveting tale about how the war on terror can suddenly-and continually-reshape our world.