Keith Spence's powerful debut novel concerns David Jourbet, a penetration agent for the CIA with a very big problem: he's just gunned down the Agency's chief of counterintelligence in cold blood. Fort Leavenworth Federal Penitentiary awaits. A life sentence for murder. Then he's offered a way out. A simple deal, really. Help the Agency locate a missing operative and all charges will be dropped. Just like that. Except this isn't just any agent who's gone missing. It's Marlena Cory, David's lifelong love, a woman he jilted at the altar two years earlier. Before the mystery of Marlena's disappearance can be solved, David must return to the scene of some of some of his most traumatic childhood memories, battling demons both past and present, real and imagined. And through it all, he will find himself plunging deeper and deeper into a spiritual and emotional Hell that makes a lifetime at Leavenworth seem like an inviting alternative.