Eliot Story, a journalist from San Francisco, thought that she was traveling to Washington D.C. to cover the International Meridian Conference. Instead, she becomes embroiled in a plot stickier than the humidity of the east.
From Africa to France, New York City to secrets buried deep in the past, there is much that Eliot will have to uncover. The people that she meets, who have journeyed to Washington D.C. on family obligation, on business, or to participate in the world’s attempt to bring safety to cartography, will leave Eliot having to put together their intertwining pieces.
How could a tea merchant be linked to a suffragette? What does a father’s Civil War legacy have to do with an eager architect’s work on the Statue of Liberty? What do working conditions of diamond miners in Africa have to do with the Prime Meridian? Journalism turns to investigation, as Eliot is up against the clock to save both her new friends and a city itself. Amidst the gathering hopes for cooperation, division and deception threaten the capital. Sometimes knowing where to go and just what to do requires a lot more than a map.