Kennedy-era espionage and treachery, with roots in the Nazi occupation, place a Norwegian explorer and the widow of his childhood friend in mortal danger--and threaten the stability of the national government. By the author of Night Sky. The Cold War nears absolute zero where NATO-allied Norway meets the Soviet Union. In the wastes of the border area, inhabited only by nomadic Lapps, an attempted escape from the USSR goes sour, and the would-be rescuers are shot. The agent of betrayal is handsome journalist Rolf Berg, a Soviet sympathizer who has access to the innermost secrets of the Norwegian intelligence apparatus. The botched rescue, an embarrassment to the Norwegian government, puts an end to the public career of Hal Starheim--the Arctic explorer who planned the mission that ended in the death of his longtime friend Jan Johansen--and he retires to the chill of his private island. But Starheim is drawn back into the world by his interest in Ragna, Johansen's widow, an exactress who has become an activist for Lapp rights. Ragna's Lapp activities and Starheim's determination to get to the bottom of Johansen's death bring them closer together--and closer to the truth about Rolf Berg. Berg, smelling danger, stops at nothing, including the seduction of Ragna, to preserve his secrets, but Starheim and his investigation cannot be stopped. Plenty of action, intriguing politics, sturdy heroics, chilling atmosphere. Wear a scarf.