News reporter Tory Patton goes to Berzhaan, a Middle Eastern country filled with strife, after a fellow reporter and friend is kidnapped. She finds that her boyfriend, agent Ben Forsythe, is also there trying to find a fellow agent who was taken with the reporter. While Ben doesn't want Tory in danger, he realizes that the Athena Academy graduate won't leave her friend in danger. Exclusive (4), by Katherine Garbera, is an on-the-edge-of-your-seat read. Garbera skillfully develops the story. Her characters continue to grow as the story evolves.