With Callan captured, imprisoned, and interrogated by the Soviets, his superiors stage his funeral. But Callan's pal and sometime employee, Lonely, sees through the charade and makes a nuisance of himself, much to the section's chagrin.
Upon Callan's return, dire circumstances force him to accept a new position within the section--one that affords an entirely different perspective on his work, particularly regarding his relationship with Lonely.
After Moscow expels a British cultural attache, Callan assigns Cross to harass a Russian embassy employee and force the man's withdrawal. This tit-for-tat arrangement turns complicated, though, when the Russian's family gets involved.