Ex-soldier Jonathan Pine, the night manager at the Nefertiti hotel in Cairo, is approached by Sophie Alekan, a guest who is the kept woman of busine
ssman Freddie Hamid, and who asks him to copy some documents for her. These turn out to reveal Hamid as an arms trader and a concerned Jonathan takes them to the British embassy, from where they are sent to Angela Burr, who heads the International Enforcement Agency in London. Jonathan fails to save Sophie from being murdered and, four years later, is working at a Swiss hotel where Richard Roper and his entourage briefly stay. Angela summons Jonathan to her office, telling him that Roper is an international arms dealer who was doubtless involved in Sophie's death and asks him to go undercover to help her to trap him.