"They come from opposite sides of the world ... and opposite lives. She is a young set designer on Broadway. He is a former KGB assassin trying to outrun his vicious past and the underground revolution he once served. What they have in common are painful secrets that fester deep inside them, and an urgent quest for answers that can save the United States from a massive terrorist strike ... and famed pianist Liesl Bower from assassination. Working seperately for widely divergent motives, Cass Rodino tracks the mysterious activities of a man she knows well, following him into the New York night and fleeing her own wounded past. Her counterpart, Evgeny Kozlov, has narrowly escaped his Russian homeland to pursue a phantom figure, known only as the Architect, who has masterminded an insidious plot to destroy the Americans' confidence in their country and its powers to protect them. The arcs of their investigations converge when Cass and Evgeny are swept into a major CIA/FBI dragnet, only to discover that the target of their search is conspiring to resurrect the Soviet Union and holds a secret that could devastate the administration of a U.S. president. With time slipping from their grasp, who or what will lead them to the center of the maze and the Architect? Will they get there in time to save Liesl?"--Page 4 of cover.