In the latest offbeat thriller from Stuart Woods, Stone Barrington and Holly Barker find themselves summoned to Washington for a high-level briefing on a fugitive who is driving the CIA crazy, and beginning to look like an unwelcome factor in the approaching presidential election. In less time than he would have thought possible, Stone finds himself, along with his friends Holly and Dino, back on the island of St. Marks, which he first visited in Dead in the Water. St. Marks is a vacationer’s paradise of white sand beaches and luxurious oceanfront hideaways. But its exclusive yacht clubs and secluded mountain villas are home to corrupt local politicians and more than a few American ex-pats with murky personal histories. Despite the moneyed glitz and the glorious scenery, Stone, Holly, and Dino soon discover that in St. Marks, everyone is hiding something, and the man they’re looking for may just be hiding in plain sight. Besieged on one side by the local authorities and on the other by impossible demands from CIA Headquarters, Stone and friends fight their way through a web of secrecy toward their quarry, burdened with orders they don’t really want to follow.