""...an engrossing and thought - provoking read that I thoroughly enjoyed." "
Sebastian Wolff is an Englishman brought up in England with a Dutch mother. He is a spy with the Intelligence Service and has just returned from an unpleasant spell in Turkey. He is enjoying a dalliance with the wife of a friend fighting the Germans. All this conspires to make him feel guilty. Sebastian is called in to see his boss, Commander Mansfield Cumming to be given his new assignment. He is sent to spy on Sir Roger Casement, the former government official now trying to gain support from Germany for his plans for a free Ireland. Wolff goes to Germany by way of Norway where he meets up with Casement's valet and lover, Adler Christenson who is himself playing a double game.
Once in Germany Wolff meets up with Casement and goes with him as he tries to recruit Irish prisoners of war into an Irish Brigade fighting for freedom. Casement appears patriotic and basically an honest man fighting for love of his own country, Ireland. Wolff comes to respect him.
Dr. Anton Dilger is a doctor who is recruited by the German authorities because he has the necessary scientific skills and a prized dual German/American nationality. He is sent to America to develop and grow Anthrax cultures to be used against the British. Soon, Wolff and Dilger will come together and the balance of power could easily bring the war to a swift and deadly conclusion.