One night at Elaines, Stone Barringtonback in Manhattan after chasing down the bad guys in the Caribbeanmeets Barton Cabot, older brother of his sometime ally, CIA boss Lance Cabot. Bartons career in army intelligence is even more top secret than his brothers, but hes suffering from amnesia following a random act of violence. Amnesia is a dangerous thing in a man whose memory is chockfull of state secrets, so Lance hires Stone to watch Bartons back. As Stone discovers, Barton is a spy with a rather unusual hobby: building and restoring antique furniture. The genteel world of antiques and coin dealers at first seems a far cry from Stones usual underworld of mobsters, murderers, and spies. But Barton also is a man with a past, and one event in particular in the jungles of Vietnam more than thirty years earlier is coming back to haunt his present in ways hed never expected. Stone soon finds out that Barton, and some shady characters of his acquaintance, may be hiding a lot more than just a few forged antiques.