It is 1913, and those who follow the news closely can see the world
is teetering on the brink of war. Jack McColl, a Scottish car
salesman with an uncanny ear for languages, has always hoped to
make a job for himself as a spy. As his sales calls take him from
city to great city Hong Kong to Shanghai to San Francisco to New
York he moonlights collecting intelligence for His Majesty s Navy,
but British espionage is in its infancy and Jack has nothing but a
shoestring budget and the very tenuous protection of a boss in
faraway London. He knows, though, that a geopolitical catastrophe
is brewing, and now is both the moment to prove himself and the
moment his country needs him most.Unfortunately, this is also the
moment he begins to realize what his aspiration might cost him. He
understands his life is at stake when activities in China suddenly
escalate from innocent data-gathering and casual strolls along
German military concessions to arrest warrants and knife attacks.
Meanwhile, a sharp, vivacious American suffragette journalist has
wiled her way deep into his affections, and it is not long before
he realizes that her Irish American family might be embroiled in
the Irish Republican movement Jack s bosses are fighting against.
How can he choose between his country and the woman he loves? And
would he even be able to make such a choice without losing both?"