Not all intelligence operatives have six-pack abs, and can shoot the eye out of a bumblebee at fifty feet. Most are men and women like you and me. They work quietly in the shadows, doing a job that most of us would find uninteresting, except for those few times in history when their actions make a difference. Robert Chase was an unlikely recruit for the CIA. His family life was difficult and he was an indifferent student. He would have most likely drifted off into an honorable, but unexciting profession had it not been for Professor Jonathan Edwards Hastings, who saw in this young man some very special talents. He recruited Chase to a life of service, and in the process, created a powerful instrument of American diplomacy. Well, to be honest, Chase is not always diplomatic. But he is powerful.