At age 34, Adam Whistler wants out.But the service he performed for his governmentis not the kind they let you walk away from.To ensure his continued good health, Whistler has borrowed important documents from his boss, Felix Aubrey, a dangerous rogue and a very bad man to cross. But so is Adam Whistler, who learned the killing craft well under the tutelage of his father. Now, with a ticking time bomb in his hands, Whistler has been cast into a maelstrom of death and chaos. His continued existence may well depend upon a group of retired assassins once linked to the legendary Paul Bannerman, as well as a special guardian angel. For his gentle and beautiful lover, Claudia -- who barely survived an assassination attempt by Aubrey's hired guns -- has returned to consciousness changed in extraordinary ways. And now she's much more than Whistler's soulmate -- she's a fellow soldier.