When John Knox is hired to broker a priceless work of ancient art to a buyer in Istanbul, he and Grace Chu are thrust into the murky world of international espionage.
Istanbul is the only city in the world spanning two continents—and Knox and Chu find themselves caught between East and West. An Iranian academic who controls untold secrets travels to Turkey to be by his elderly mother’s side in the hospital—or does he? Is his visit part of a bigger, more elaborate plan to traffic in state secrets that could change the balance of power in the Middle East?
John Knox and Grace Chu are not trained spies. But thanks to Knox’s connections and Chu’s uncanny tech skills, they are the only ones with a chance to infiltrate a possible exchange. Each step closer to the treasure—and the secrets—brings an increasing level of violence and personal risk.
From sand storms in Jordan to thrilling chases through the perilous old streets of Istanbul, Knox and Chu find themselves embroiled in something they don’t understand and can’t walk away from. Like quicksand, the more they struggle, the deeper they sink. As the truth of the situation takes shape, the duo must decide which side they’re on, examine their own senses of trust and loyalty, and make decisions that affect not just their own survival but that of an entire region.