Cape Town 1998, a city licking its wounds after years of bitter conflict, as the very public process of admission and forgiveness sets the scene for Mandela's new South Africa. Although the mood is one of reconciliation, not everyone is ready to tell the truth. The murder of General Jackson precipitates a hunt for the secrets he didn't take to the grave, a dossier outlining the covert activities of an elite force, one prepared to go to any lengths to keep them hidden. Journalist Nate McFadden trades in political truths. His former girlfriend Geri Lennox deals in money, and Moses Kimbo, he's after the murderer of cousin Nancy. In a plot that links the US Treasury, global warming and a consignment of poisoned rain to here-and-now death and deliverance, the three are sucked together through a labyrinth of chance and criminality towards their goals, following the losers to their ends and the victors to the largest proceeds-of-crime-fortune ever recycled. Ultimately, if Exculpation's fictional cladding is held inquisitively to the light, a watermark appears. Through the first story runs a second, an intrigue that suggests South Africa's political progressives were unwittingly aided by developments 6,000 miles away. Could the real reason for the end of apartheid be the economic collapse of the former Soviet Union?