August 1944: A British Dakota on a flight from China to London crashes outside Delhi. Destroyed in the flames: a clandestine treaty signed by Lord Mountbatten and Communist leader Mao Tse-tung. An agreement to change the course of history...June 1993: In New York a doctor from a wealthy criminal family hears a startling death-bed confession. Could the Chungking Covenant have survived? And how much would the British and Chinese governments pay for its destruction?From a remote castle in the Scottish Highlands, Britain's most feared agent Sean Dillon enters the fray. The former IRA terrorist knew the odds on his first opponent: a powerful Mafia cartel, with billions at stake in Hong Kong. He can't begin to reckon on the second: alluring young socialite Asta Morgan. More ruthless than any trained killer.