Last year rookie agent Miranda Cutler worshiped super spy Ray Ortega and even slept with her hero; now she hates him as he left her behind as damaged goods when an operation failed that sent him into the cold. The CIA needs Ray to perform a dangerous mission that no else is capable of handling. They want Miranda to lure Ray home so they can "persuade" him to perform the perilous operation.
Seeing a chance to make amends for last year's fiasco Miranda wants nothing to do with the super dud so she decides to take on the mission of penetrating a deadly terrorist group to learn if they have a dangerous new weapon as rumored. However, Ortega never forgot the woman who means so much to him that he fled her side rather than see the hurt and betrayal in her eyes. He comes home to insure she is safe by undergoing the mission that lacks an EXIT STRATEGY.
The lead couple and a nasty villain make for a terrific espionage romantic suspense that never slows down from the moment that Ray returns home. Ray and Miranda seem real as they are flawed individuals trying to do their best thing for their country and ultimately for the other. Ray is particularly fascinating as he now knows what happens to a statue that falls off the pedestal. Kate Donovan provides a tremendous thriller starring wonderful caring people.