From the book's dustjacket..."What if the Communist witch hunts of the 1950s had actually uncovered a spy?; Washington, 1950. An ambitious congressman accuses Walter Kotlar, a high-level State Department official, of treason. As Nick, Walter's son, watches helplessly, his family's privileged world is turned upside down in a frenzy of banging gavels. Then when the chief witness against his father plunges to her death, Walter flees, leaving only an endless mystery and the stain of his defection. It would be better, Nick is told, to think of him as dead.; But 20 years later Walter Kotlar is still alive and, desperate to end his own Cold War, badly wants to see his son. Nick agrees to travel to Prague for the painful reunion. Once there, he finds nothing is what it seems--not the shadowy city; not the woman with whome he falls in love; and certainly not his father.; Walter has an impossible request: He wants to come home, and he wants Nick to help. He also has a valuable secret about what happened the night he walked out of Nick's life--and about the deadly conspiracy that still threatens them."