1896: Thomas Pitt is beginning to understand the power he now commands as head of Special Branch. Attending a lavish party at the Spanish Embassy, he is interrupted mid conversation with investor, Rawden Quixwood, to be told of the vicious assault of Quixwood's wife, Catherine. Worse still, it appears that she knew the attacker as she opened the door herself. At the same party Angeles Castelbranco, an Ambassador's daughter, flinches at the teasing of some young men. A few days later, she backs away from the same group, and in terror, falls through a window. What causes her to take that fatal step?
Pitt and Narraway weave through a web of treason, insider information, a series of brutal rapes and a court case that will shake Pitt's faith in the system of justice.
But as they investigate, deception and violence get ever nearer and danger is only one step away.