Wartime Cairo, 1916, a melting pot of spies and allied troops poised for the big push across the Arabian Desert to victory in the Middle East. Intrepid war correspondent Lea Attwood seeks news of her husband, Michael, a British agent working undercover in Turkish territory. Lea is unaware that she has been targeted as bait to lure him to his death. Cally, their resourceful 16-year-old daughter has followed her parents to Egypt and narrowly escapes drowning when her ship is sunk. She is befriended by young Lieutenant Rick Holman, a battle-fatigued survivor of the Gallipoli campaign.Following a terrifying ordeal when lost in the desert, Lea is reunited with her husband. But both are taken prisoner by Michael's German enemy counterpart and sentenced to be shot.On the eve of a crucial battle, Lea and a wounded Michael escape, desperate to prevent the impending slaughter of thousands of Allied soldiers.
Frances Burke lives in Sydney and loves to travel. She began her writing career when her three sons left home. Since then she has worked in welfare and addressed writers' conferences and given seminars.