|About the Book|
Kate is a disaffected, divorced, single mother living in American suburbia. She is miserable living out her average existence and one day, she liquidates all her assets and runs away to a tiny town in the south of France with her baby. She lives on aMoreKate is a disaffected, divorced, single mother living in American suburbia. She is miserable living out her average existence and one day, she liquidates all her assets and runs away to a tiny town in the south of France with her baby. She lives on a vineyard where she teaches piano lessons to pay her bills. Kate meets and falls in love with her neighbor, Martin, who leaves shortly there afterwards to attend to international business, the nature of which he will not disclose to Kate. Kate spends time building her connections in town while he is out of the country. Kate wrangles a job at the local Catholic Church as the church organist and there she meets Phre Jean, the Priest. Kate and the Priest become friends immediately, but when Kate allows him to escort her home one evening in the rain, she steps out of the room to put the baby to bed and when she returns to the room, Jean has taken off all of his clothing. Though she is aghast, he is attractive and she is so stunned that she allows him to make love to her. They grow close and visit often. One evening, Jean visits in tears. His mother has died and he must leave town to attend to her funeral and to be with his family. While he is gone, Kate begins to spend time with the owner of the vineyard, George, a rich, older man. He takes advantage of her kindness as well and they have sex in her living room after the baby is asleep. While they are having sex, Martin returns from his trip out of town, and instead of being angry or offended, he joins in. Kate feels dirty and decides to leave town. She books a spot in an international humanitarian group for herself and her son and leaves the small town to go work with the group, but before herplane takes off, she is notified that Martin has been murdered and she needs to return to the town to answer some questions. In the wake of the tragedy, she bonds with George, who eventually takes her on a romantic weekend to Paris. While in Paris, Kate is approached by a member of the French Secret Service. She is asked to serve as a reconnaissance worker because she is attractive, she speaks French, and she looks very innocent, particularly because she is an American, and no one she will be working with will assume and American woman could be clever enough to be a spy. Immediately after she is propositioned by the French Secret Service, she returns to her hotel room where George proposes marriage. She accepts both proposals and feels a bit in over her head. She begins to work her marks for the service while planning the wedding, playing for the church, teaching piano and raising her son. Her first mark is simple: she travels to Cameroon where she spends time with a man named Kareem, trying to determine if he is a terrorism threat. She determines that he is not. She meets her second mark on a trip home to visit her parents in America. After announcing her engagement, she makes her excuses and meets up with Adil, a man suspected of running a drug trafficking ring throughout North and South America, Africa and Europe which is becoming a terrorism risk. She attempts to meet him many times and fails, but finally meets him in a liquor store, where she pretends to like his favorite kind of whisky. In trying to stay in character, she ends up getting very drunk and passes out. She wakes up in a drug-lords mansion in Columbia where she is gang-raped by a group of traffickers. She is finallyrescued by Adil, who returns to the mansion and shoots the men for damaging his guest. Wearing only Adils jacket, Kate jumps on the back of his motorcycle and they speed off, pursued by the remaining rapists. They manage to lose the men and make it to a dirt airstrip where they take off and leave the country. Adil tells Kate that the plans they had made to use terrorism as a diversion to traffic more drugs will now be ruined because he has shot the son of the man who owns the plantation he was going to work with.