Following a desperate night-long battle, a group of beleaguered soldiers in an isolated base in Kandahar are faced with a lone woman demanding the return of her brother’s body. Is she a spy, a black widow, a lunatic? Or is she what she claims to be: a grieving sister intent on burying her brother according to local rites? She refuses to move from her spot on the field in full view of every soldier in the stark outpost. Her presence quickly proves dangerous as the camp’s tense, claustrophobic atmosphere comes to a boil when the men begin arguing about what to do next.
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The first great novel of the war in Afghanistan' Wall Street Journal You’ve had no sleep since the firefight last night. The morning fog beyond the walls of your base lifts to reveal a lone woman approaching the gate. She says she has come to claim the body of her brother killed in last night’s attack. Is she a terrorist? A spy? A lunatic? Or what she says she is – a grieving sister? What should you do? What do you do?