Meet Stevie Duveen: striking, brilliant, gifted in seven languages and all kinds of combat - and strategic analsyt for Hazard Limited, an international trouble-shooting outfit specialising in discreet and very dangerous missions. 'All bones, ribcage and long throat', gorgeous, glamorous, diminutive Stevie is the last person people expect to find in such a job, but they quickly discover - often to their considerable cost - that she is as formidable as she is unlikely. Surprise is her most effective weapon, apart from her fierce intellect, unflagging determination and razor-sharp intuition. And something even the most battle-scared operative lacks: she cares, sometimes too much. Which is why she is nursing a broken heart and telling herself she will never fall in love again.