1964-65. Singapore is a city at a crossroads. Political and racial tensions are at fever pitch. The British are pulling out, the Cold War is hot in the tropics, terrorists bombs rock the city and the lights of Bugis Street burn brightly as a new nation is about to be born. This is the city of Sam Callaghan, Patricia Cheng, the CIA’s Conrad Harrison and the clients of the Cheng Detective Agency. Sam Callaghan agrees to help neighbour Patricia Cheng at her detective agency after her husband is killed while working on a case. Patricia is not a detective and she knows she needs a good investigator with contacts in the Chinese and Malay communities, as well as among US/British ex-pats. Sam’s contacts from his days in Military Intelligence are useful to the Agency - but they also drag him back into a dark world that he would prefer to leave behind.