It's late January 1988, and CIA Director Aaron Stallings gives Tracie Tanner what should be her simplest assignment in years. A secret Russian military facility has been discovered deep inside the Soviet satellite nation of Bashkir, nestled in the Ural Mountains. Tracie is to travel to Bashkir and put the facility under surveillance, returning to Langley the following week to brief agency specialists on what she has learned.
It's a straightforward assignment, simple as these things go.
But once established in her surveillance location, Tracie observes something she can hardly believe, something so shocking it changes the nature of her assignment entirely.
What was once a simple mission now becomes nearly suicidal: Tracie must find a way inside the heavily fortified facility and then recover and extract something of extreme value - a captured CIA operative, a man who has worked with Tracie in the past. His condition is unknown, as are the intentions of his captors.
But Tracie knows without help his fate will be grim.
Working alone and with no backup for thousands of miles, driven by the knowledge that she holds the life and future of another operative entirely in her hands, Tracie soon finds herself facing a staggering moral and ethical dilemma.
And there is no good outcome.
And she may not escape Bashkir with her life.BUY THE BOOK: