A counter-terror operation, codenamed Wildlife, is being mounted in Britain's
most precious colony. Its purpose: to capture and abduct a high-value jihadist
arms-buyer. Its authors: an ambitious Foreign Office Minister, and a private
defence contractor who is also his close friend. So delicate is the operation
that even the Minister's private secretary, Toby Bell, is not cleared for
Suspecting a disastrous conspiracy, Toby attempts to forestall it, but is
promptly posted overseas. Three years on, summoned by Sir Christopher Probyn,
retired British diplomat, to his decaying Cornish manor house, and closely
watched by Probyn's daughter Emily, Toby must choose between his conscience and
his duty to the Service.
If the only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do
nothing, how can he keep silent?