"The man inside the cell was sitting in a corner, head between his knees, but when he looked up, Jo immediately recognized the face, despite its bruises and cuts. One eye was almost swollen shut. Two fingers of his left hand were tied together with a piece of rag, doubtless a makeshift splint applied by the prisoner. He was wearing a gray shirt and pants, nondescript and baggy, and his feet were bare and bruised. "He was Brian Jamison, a colonel in the British Royal Air Force, and one of the most valuable operatives of MI6, the UK's foreign intelligence service, and he was a dead man unless Jo could get him out of there."