Although this book started out slow with what appeared to be a rather petty crime of a young British diplomat embezzling the sum of 100 pounds from the British embassy in Washington, DC, it quickly proceeds to much more serious crimes that could cause ripples throughout the country. The young man who is accused of the theft is arrested in London after he has fled from the States back to Britain, and Daniel Pitt is asked by his brother-in-law to take on the young man's defence. There are a lot of underlying currents and many separate threads in this book, and at first, it doesn't seem to be going anywhere, but when it starts coming together for Daniel, it turns out it is a much bigger story with much more serious crimes, all the way up to murder and treason. Daniel, with the help of the intrepid Dr. Miriam fford Croft, begins unravelling the tangled threads while spending a weekend on the beautiful little island of Alderney located in the English channel. This is the second in the spin-off series to Ms. Perry's Thomas and Charlotte Pitt series. This series is centered round their son Daniel who is a Barrister in a large London law firm. The series is set in the beginning of the 20th Century, which was a time of great change for the United Kingdom. There are many countries that were eying Britain at that time, and plotting ways and means to try to eliminate their so far undisputed dominance of the sea. The book delves into the political unrest that was just beginning in Europe at this time. I love the way Anne Perry builds the tension in her books, and this new series is totally fresh and new. Even after she has written so many other outstanding books in her other two series, Anne Perry has taken on the challenge of another totally captivating series. An author that can put this much enthusiasm and excitement into her books after writing for so long, is truly gifted. I love her books and her characters. This series looks to be another winner.