There are certain
betrayals for which
there is no forgiveness.
• • •
Rome, 1943. Mussolini is in
power. The German presence is growing. Every building has its
warden, every street its leader, every quarter its district
secretary. All activities are reported to district headquarters.
All reports are forwarded to the National Directorate of the
Thomas Gage, twenty-six
years old, son of a former attaché in
the U.S. Embassy, grew up in Rome. Now Gage is working for
Colonel Donovan and the OSS.
His mission? Infiltrate
the Fascist hierarchy. Verify the activities of the SS. Crack
the files of the OVRA, Mussolini's secret police.
And his only contact is
an eighteen-year-old girl.
Until two other agents join
him, and everything goes bad . . .
Now, fifty years later, Gage has disappeared in the mountains
of Colorado under mysterious circumstances, and the other two
men, who also survived the war, are being hunted down by an
Gage's grandson, Nick Ferron, an ex-cop,
wants to know why. Using his grandfather's contacts, he begins
to penetrate the past in a search for answers. Making his way
from the Sonoran desert to Colorado, to South America and on
to Europe, Ferron tracks down the men and women involved in
the wartime mission that still ties the three secret agents
to the spymaster who betrayed them all.