This is the story of Augustus Rose, an unlikely operative in a terrorist network, and his interrogator, Harper, a ruthless ambassador for the darkest forces at work in our times. Beyond the law and without hope of reprieve, Augustus endures an emotional and physical attack that brings his whole life under brutal scrutiny. As Harper’s assault intensifies, Augustus raises the only shield he has: memory. His mind turns to the women in his life, but outshining them all is the memory of Selina; a rebellious New York aristocrat. Their taboo love affair, beginning in 1960s Manhattan, sets in motion a lifetime of passion and heartbreak, leading Augustus from Harlem to a bleak Scottish island where death seems his only companion.