A convoy of luxury cars speeds along a French promenade, bearing its VIP cargo to a five-star hotel. Suddenly, the early morning calm is shattered by gunfire and smoke, sirens and screams. The target is Prince Ali bin Kased, the former ruler of an oilrich Gulf Arab nation. Since his ousting in the Arab Spring, he has lived in exile, haunted by loss and betrayal. Now someone wants him dead. Ali's friends urge him to take back his throne, but he resists - for the moment. All the while, China andAmerica have their eye on the country's oil, biding their time as jihadist forces wreak havoc. Into the picture steps Laura, a high-class prostitute who offers Ali love and loyalty. They embark on a desperate search for safety, taking in France, Switzerland, England, Argentina and the United States. This gripping political thriller will have readers guessing to the last page. Will Ali succumb to the lure of power? Will his enemies kill him first? Will love conquer all - or will it crash and burn?