In Rome, the severed hand of a retired MI6 head of station is found at one of the city's landmarks. The hand is grasping a bag containing 30 silver pieces. Meanwhile, in London, MI6 agent Paul Aston is on the point of quitting. When he is approached to head up a new task force, he jumps at the chance. His first mission is to investigate the murder in Rome. When one of MI6's directors dies suddenly, Aston realises there is more going on than meets the eye. As Aston digs deeper he uncovers a conspiracy that dates back to the dying days of the USSR. Someone has everything to lose if the truth gets out.
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