The man known as Oliver Stone has no official past. He spends most days as a protester camped opposite the White House, his only goal to jeep watch on Washington politics and expose corruption wherever he finds it. But the stakes are raised when he and his friends, a group of conspiracy-theory misfits known as The Camel Club, accidentally witness the murder of an intelligence analyst. Especially when the authorities seem happy to write it off as a suicide. For Secret Service agent Alex Ford. the suicide verdict doesn't ring true. Nearing retirement and a comfortable pension, the last thing he should have done is stick his nose where it doesn't belong. As punishment he is reassigned to bodyguard duties, protecting the resident during a visit to his home town. But mailing them is a terrorist tell that has spent months plotting an event that wilt shake the world. Meanwhile, intelligence chief Carter Gray. arguably America's most powerful man since 9/11. is unnerved when he glimpses the face of an old acquaintance in Arlington Cemetery - but it is the face of a man supposedly long dead ... And as The Camel Clubis poised to unveil a conspiracy that reaches into the heart of Washington's highly secretive corridors of power. Alex Ford's worst nightmare is about to happen ... 'Baldacci grabs you by the balls and squeezes steadily until you don't know whether to scream out in pain or pass out with pleasure'