Stroud is a former war photographer who left the frontline before his luck ran out. His best friend and mentor, Vincent Raphael, was not so fortunate. His car ran over an explosive device and that was the last time anyone saw him. That is, until two months ago, when he was seen in Istanbul. Stroud doesn't believe it for a second. But the more he looks, the more his friend is proving a hard man to pronounce dead.