On a remote Scottish island the body of an American officer has washed ashore. Major Harry Voss, a lawyer in the Army's Judge Advocate's office, takes the assignment of finding out who killed Lieutenant Armando Grassi, and why.
Harry had worked with the unpopular officer on a case that left good ment dead, a woman destroyed, and justice undone. But there is far more to Grassi's murder than meets the eye.
Harry's investigation will take him from the rear echelons to the front lines in search of the truth. And, as Harry knows, the truth is often the first casualty of war.