Book II in the Bernard Samson trilogy. Bernard needs to stay out of trouble for a while and get reacquainted with his wife Fiona and his children as he leaves behind his relationship with his lover Gloria. Then a wounded man arrives in the middle of the night, closely followed by Bernard’s brother-in-law George Kosinski. The death of Tessa Kosinski on the night of Fiona’s return to the West still casts a long shadow over the Department. Dickie Cruyer is concerned about George’s connections in the East and when George goes missing, Bernard takes a strange trip with his boss deep into Poland.