America - the land of opportunity, a place where economic prosperity beckons: but not for PI Jack Taylor, who's just been refused entry. Jack resumes his old life in Galway. But when he's called to investigate the frenzied murder of a student, he remembers an encounter with an over-friendly stranger in the airport bar. A stranger who seemed to know rather more than he should about Jack. After several more murders and too many encounters to be coincidental, Jack believes he may have met his nemesis. But why has he been chosen? And could he really be dealing with the Devil himself?