Derek Stone didn't want to be on an oil rig off the coast of Tunisia, watching his bride die in a terrorist attack. He didn't want to be two hundred feet deep in the Mediterranean, out of oxygen and with two divers intent on killing him waiting above. But sometimes you have to do what you don't want to. Sometimes you don't have a choice. The question is: How do you do it and stay alive? Stone, a commercial oil-field diver, once worked as a saboteur for the Canadian Intelligence Service. Now He's working for himself or so he thinks. As his quest for his wife's murderers leads him through the hills of Malta, the plains of Tunisia, and the coast of Italy, into the byzantine, murky world of spies and counterspies, thieves and betrayers, where nothing is as it seems, Stone begins to realize that he is being subtly manipulated. And the puppetmaster is Carlo Spugna, international arms merchant and drug dealer, who is busy trafficking in NATO secrets and isn't about to let anyone get in his way. Can Derek Stone stop him? Can he trust the three Americans trying to recover what's in the safe of the sunken yacht Kirke? And can he rescue the woman who helped save his life and who put herself in danger as a result?