It is 1913, and those who follow the news closely can see
the world is teetering on the brink of war. Jack McColl, a Scottish car
salesman with an uncanny ear for languages, has always hoped to make a job for
himself as a spy. As his sales calls take him from city to great city—Hong Kong
to Shanghai to San Francisco to New York—he moonlights collecting intelligence
for His Majesty’s Navy, but British espionage is in its infancy and Jack has
nothing but a shoestring budget and the very tenuous protection of a boss in
faraway London. He knows, though, that a geopolitical catastrophe is brewing,
and now is both the moment to prove himself and the moment his country needs
Unfortunately, this is also the moment he begins to realize
what his aspiration might cost him. He understands his life is at stake when
activities in China suddenly escalate from innocent data-gathering and casual
strolls along German military concessions to arrest warrants and knife attacks.
Meanwhile, a sharp, vivacious American suffragette journalist has wiled her way
deep into his affections, and it is not long before he realizes that her Irish American
family might be embroiled in the Irish Republican movement Jack’s bosses are
fighting against. How can he choose between his country and the woman he loves?
And would he even be able to make such a choice without losing both? Download and start listening now!