Treachery and double-cross are the hallmarks of the mercenary soldier. Can you ever know who the real enemy is? Is it the man in the cross-hairs, or the friend alongside you? Or is it the man who pays your wages? Martin Palmer must fight his war in the grim certainty that a potentially fatal bullet could come from any direction. And yet he must fight, because fighting is all he knows. It is a deadly challenge that will test him to the limits of his endurance and beyond. Because, in a world where change is possible, there will always be another paymaster with high aspirations, and enough money to pursue them. And money, of course, is the mercenary soldier's creed.