And if you discover the truth in time, what happens when the consequences of revealing it are worse than the consequences of silence?
David Beckett is a fashion photographer with simple needs: worldwide recognition and everlasting fame. He is about to achieve this dream with his plan to create a controversial photo gallery, the Galerie du Nu, in Paris with his friend and mentor Philippe Desjardins. However his dream is rudely shattered when terrorists detonate a massive dirty bomb in Paris, killing thousands of people.
France is in the process of brokering a Palestinian Protectorate Plan that would set Palestine as a separate state, managed by a pan-European Mandate. There is a great deal of resistance to this plan, not least from Arab groups who do not want to see peace in the region unless Israel itself is destroyed and, according to American intelligence analysts, it seems likely that it is one of these groups that carried out the bombings.
Philippe is among the dead but his widow, Lucienne, and newspaper boss Jerome Dykstra believe that Phillipe was murdered, and his death hidden among the many with no chance of being investigated. The authorities are too busy with the aftermath of the bombings to worry about a single incongruous death.
Jerome attempts to persuade David to investigate Phillipe's murder, which he believes may have been committed by opponents of the Galerie, but David refuses to become involved in a police matter. His friendship with Lucienne comes under severe strain, and his wealthy, over-bearing girlfriend, Sam Iles, takes Lucienne's side. Lucienne has the power to destroy David's grand designs and, when she threatens his entire reason for living he has no choice but to agree to investigate.
Jerome teams David up with Bob Merrick, an American private investigator. Within a day, David is convinced they can investigate no further, but Bob has other ideas and pushes David into continuing at a tangent. This tangent leads them straight to danger and, almost before he's aware of it, David is running from an unseen enemy as his relationships and prejudices begin to collapse around him.