The central character is Colonel Jacot who works for Lady Nevinson, the National Security Advisor. He investigates the untimely death, apparently by a heart attack, of Britain's chief of military intelligence at a Cambridge College. General Sir Christopher Verney was at the college to give a lecture on Scott's ill fated Antarctic expedition in which he promised revelations. Jacot has wide experience as an Intelligence operative and as an army officer. He was in the Falklands conflict in 1982 when his hands were badly burnt forcing him to wear silk gloves as protection. With some aid and facing a great deal of hindrance Daniel Jacot reaches a theory about events which began with the death at Cambridge.
"The art of human intelligence is to get others to give information away." This observation by Daniel Jacot sums up the work that he does.