November 11 has gone AWOL, and his team fears the worst. Mao knows where the Brit is - the cat's view of the Contractor is unobstructed from Amber's lap. Members of many factions have gathered in EPR headquarters, and the fate of the world is the topic of discussion ... at least the world as Amber sees it. She has no qualms speaking freely of her supposed treachery in South America, but it's her prediction of treasons to come prove that prove to be more eye-opening. Alliances shift easily in this strange war. The Black Reaper will have to face the fact that his most hated rival might be his only hope.