In the spring of 1983, the U.S. State Department suffered massive loss of life after terrorists smashed a bomb-laden truck into its embassy in Beirut, Lebanon.
Mark Pacer, a young U.S. diplomat in Washington after assignments abroad, was working at the Department’s watch center when the attack happened. The “watch” is a twenty-four hour operations center for analyzing events happening anywhere in the world.
A few nights later, Mark arrives to begin his midnight shift and discovers a senior ambassador in the elevator, near death after being shot by an unknown assailant. He saves his life. The ambassador is a member of the Department task force on the new terrorism.
Mark is drawn into the search for the person who not only attempted to murder an ambassador but may have stolen classified documents that same night. What is the connection, if any, between the two events in a supposedly highly restricted area of the Department?
Could one of his colleagues on the watch staff be a mole or terrorist sympathizer?
The ambassador is the father of one of Mark’s classmates when Mark entered the U.S. Foreign Service. The classmate later resigned and disappeared. What is the ambassador hiding that concerns his son?
And what is the mysterious new ailment that may impact the lives of two of Mark’s friends? It has recently been given a name: Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome, or AIDS.