When Justin's wife is killed he is drawn into the part of her world he had deliberately kept out of. He grows in strength and purpose as all those around him are shown to be compromised. This story of corruption is tense and rings more frighteningly true than any cold war spy story.
Woodrow was still watching Justin. The coward in him wanted to look away, but to the soldier's son it would have been like sentencing a man to be executed and not showing up for his hanging. He watched Justin's eyes widen in injured disappointment, as if he had been hit from behind by a friend, then dwindle to almost nothing, as if the same friend had knocked him unconcious. He watched his nicely carved lips part in a spasm of physical pain, then gather themselves into a muscular line of exclusion turned pale by pressure.