In the first weeks after World War II, James 'Jim' Cronley is recruited for a new enterprise that will eventually be transformed into something called the CIA. For a new battle has already begun - against the Soviet Union. Cronley's job is to frustrate them, harass them, and spy on them. With luck, he could prove a valuable asset. But there is also the chance he will screw up spectacularly. He's got only seven days to extract a vital piece of information from a Soviet agent, and if he fails, his intelligence career could be the shortest in history.