Pat Nolan is summoned to Paris to claim his estranged daughter's body.
When he sees the body, it's not his daughter, Megan. He realizes that she has staged her death and must be in trouble and need him.
Catherine Laurence is a police detective in Paris. She's told that Saudi government officials are looking for Megan for suspected terrorist activity. They are suspicious when Pat has his daughter's body cremated. They want Catherine to befriend him and learn more.
Catherine and Pat become romantically attached and she sees that her superiors weren't giving her the full story.
The novel also tells what Megan had been doing to get in such trouble. She was a research journanist looking for a story in Morocco.