1973. Spying and intrigue in post-Kippur War in Algeria.
Peter Van Heick manages a group of misfit consultants on a critical project for the Ministry of Industry and Energy, in the midst of a power struggle between the Ministry and Sonatrach, the country's large oil company.
Meanwhile the country, governed by the FLN, its only political party, suffers the first, violent terrorist attacks by Islamic fundamentalists.
Will Peter be caught in the turmoil ? Are all the people around him what they seem to be ?