In this exhilarating novel, Robert Olen Butler does a fantastic job blending fiction with real-life 1915 global hysteria. With WWI in full swing, American spy and war correspondent Christopher Marlowe “Kit” Cobb finds himself hot on the trail of a German-American spy named Bauer. He follows this trail right aboard the doomed ship Lusitania. While aboard the ship, Cobb meets actress Selene Bourgani with whom he begins a romantic attachment. It becomes apparent to Cobb that the mysterious Selene has her own secrets regarding the conflict raging in Europe. Following the historic sinking of the Lusitania, Cobb becomes further entangled in the web of deceit cast by Selene as he follows her to Istanbul. Through all of the blood-soaked drama, Cobb relies on his intuition to uncover Selene’s true motives, only to discover her hidden agenda could bring down some of the great powers of the world.