In Rome, the severed hand of a retired MI6 executive is found holding a bag containing 30 silver pieces. Meanwhile, in London, MI6 agent Paul Aston is near the point of quitting. He has been passed over for one promotion too many and his colleagues treat him like a leper, so when he is approached to head up a new task force, he jumps at the chance. Aston must investigate the death of another agent. Though the death at first appears to be a heart attack, as Aston digs deeper he uncovers a conspiracy that dates back to the dying days of the Soviet Union. "What will happen if Aston decides to unveil the truth?"