"When Tarsus Director Leila Nassif goes into hiding after the destruction of the Tarsus Academy in Upper Seattle, she quickly covers her tracks. The best chance for finding a lead to her may be her family and friends in her childhood home, Cairo. Maskini is Leila’s uncle. He manages a greenhouse which Leila funded to give the poorer districts of Cairo a chance to become more self-sufficient. He fondly remembers the precocious little girl who was the first Nassif to pull herself out of the shantytown, with help from a Tarsus scholarship, and he will help anyone he perceives to be a friend of Leila’s to better understand her past and to uncover the plot against the Nassif family in the all too immediate present."