American diplomat Payton Pleydell and his wife Sylvia are the most respected couple in Washington. Then the unexpected arrival of a Czech official threatens to bring the facade crashing down. Even after six years apart, Sylvia has not forgotten Jan Brovic, with whom she was once deeply in love. But former allies have become bitter enemies, and Sylvia must decide whether to risk everything to be with the man she loves.
Helen MacInnes (1907-1985) was the Scottish-born American author of 21 spy novels. Dubbed "the queen of spy writers," her books have sold more than 25 million copies in the United States alone and have been translated into over 22 languages. Several of her books have been adapted into films, such as Above Suspicion (1943), with Joan Crawford, and The Salzburg Connection (1972).