The utterly ordinary Nicola Ward is a divorced schoolteacher living in Maine when one day a mysterious (and long-delayed) trunk arrives in the mail, sent to her when she was a baby from a Shanghai that was about to be engulfed by the flames of World War II
Inside the trunk are family papers, photographs?and several pieces of apparently priceless Russian art. To authenticate the art (and translate the diary bundled with it), Nicola hires Neil Walker, a burnt-out CIA operative who turned to scholarly research after one too many missions went sour. Neil?s spy-world training comes in handy, though, when Nicola starts receiving death-threats, clearly connected with the contents of the trunk. But what stirred up the hornets? nest? The Russian collection, which appears to identify Nicola as the heir to the Romanov throne? Or could something in her family papers point the way to a Soviet mole in the U.S. government? Publishers Weekly called The Romeo Flag ?a masterful blend of espionage, adventure, suspense, romance and history,? but in fact, it?s even better.