Stone Barrington meets Barton Cabot, older brother of his sometime ally, CIA boss Lance Cabot. Barton's intelligence career is even more top secret than his brother's, but following a random act of violence, he's suffering from amnesia -- a dangerous thing in a man whose memory is chock-full of state secrets. So Lance hires Stone to watch his brother's back. Barton, as Stone discovers, is a spy with a rather unusual hobby: building and restoring antique furniture.
The genteel world of antiques and coin dealers seems a far cry from Stone's usual underworld. But Barton is a man with a past, and one event in particular is coming back to haunt his present in ways he'd never expected. Stone soon discovers that Barton, and some shady characters of his acquaintance, may be hiding a lot more than just a few forged antiques.