Determined to find Conrad, Pilgrim returns to Afghanistan. The country is in chaos as the United States prepares to pull out. Pilgrim follows Merc's trail to the border area of Pakistan; with every step he seems to descend deeper into a Dantesque hell. Rumor has it that Conrad has fielded a guerrilla army and is hot on the trail of Osama bin Laden. The farther into the uncharted border zone Jack Pilgrim goes, the larger the legend of Merc Conrad becomes. Pilgrim's odyssey into the Afghan badlands has him questioning his own reality, and the closer he seems to get to Conrad, the more peril he faces. If Jack Pilgrim wants to get out of Afghanistan alive, he may need Merc Conrad now more than ever.