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A prominent American diplomat falls over a cliff to his death. The death is accepted as an accident, but could it have been suicide – or even murder? His widow finds a locked drawer in his desk and in it a file with a woman’s name on it – but the file is empty.

Circumstances lead her to an elderly man bearing the same name, but he has a stroke and can neither speak nor write. And then she sees the car headlights coming at her, fast, at night, through an impenetrable mist …