In the late spring of 1776, the debate over independence is
growing more heated in the Continental Congress. The New England and southern
colonies are lining up in favor, the middle colonies, led by Pennsylvania, are
opposed. And some pro-independence delegates appear willing to do whatever it takes to win, including the overthrow of Pennsylvania's recently elected assembly.
In the midst of this political
drama, intelligence is received that a British spy is headed to Philadelphia
with instructions to assassinate key leaders of the Congress. And he will not
be acting alone. It appears that the operative may have several Loyalist contacts in Philadelphia willing to help, including one or more confederates within the Congress
Will Harrell is a young man who is
afflicted with epilepsy. He is also smart, clever and has a knack for solving
puzzles. Indeed, he is the one who decoded the letter concerning the assassination plan.
Will is asked by the Congress to investigate the matter, to uncover the
identity of the would-be assassin and his confederates, and to foil the plot.
While he works feverishly against the clock, he must deal with skeptical and
uncooperative delegates, an abundance of suspects but a scarcity of hard
evidence, his own self-doubt, and a widening plot that includes a planned
assassination of General George Washington in New York.
Will is determined to thwart the assassin and bring the conspirators to justice. His adversary, however, is also
determined. The spy, whose code name is Incognito, is creative and resourceful, a master of disguise, handsome, charming, and thoroughly ruthless.
If Will can stop him, the price may prove too dear.