Jake Wells has uncovered the shadowy and mysterious Order of Malichea. He has - briefly - had in his possession an ancient book belonging to the Order. However, other agencies are also desperate to get hold of the book and the knowledge it contains. Jake finds himself forced to give up the book, and then his girlfriend, Lauren, is blackmailed and has to leave the country for her own safety. But Jake is determined not to be beaten. To ensure Lauren can return to the UK, he knows he must locate another book from the Order, and this means he must contact those he most fears in a high-risk and life-threatening strategy . . .