This is a story of greed and heroism in the chaos of 2003 Baghdad. The city has just fallen to the American-led coalition, and the race is on to cash in on rebuilding. To escape a vindictive and very rich wife, Mitch Sullivan has signed on with Magus Corporation, winner of a bid to restore Baghdad’s water system. Magus is well-connected, but deeply evil. When Mitch meets an Iraqi scientist in Baghdad’s ruins, he has to choose his loyalties. Meanwhile, assorted scammers and bumblers cross paths with Mitch and with each other. Paul Heron is a life-long writer and owner of Complex2Clear, a strategic communications firm. He numbers Carl Hiaasen and Elmore Leonard among fiction writers he admires.