Tom Jericho is a brilliant mathematician who has been recruited to become a codebreaker at Bletchley Park, the center for British cryptographers. He has already been instrumental in breaking the infamous Nazi Enigma code which allows the Allies to track the movement of German submarine traffic. The stress of cracking the code has caused Jericho to have a nervous breakdown, and he has returned to his college to rest. Now, however the code has been changed and Tom has been brought back to try to break it once more.
To complicate matters, he is in love with a mysterious woman, Claire Rommily, who works in codebreaking also. As Jericho and his team work feverishly to break the code and avoid disaster for the Allied submarine forces, he comes to the conclusion that a traitor is at work among his fellow cryptographers. When Claire suddenly disppears and is found to have removed important information from her workplace, accusations of Nazi collaboration are made. Tom is desperate to find Claire and with the help of her roomate, Hester, he sets out to clear her name. This, along with cracking the code and finding the traitor, is stretching him to his breaking point once more. This story presents a fascinating view of the world of wartime codebreaking, as well as an exciting romance.
This report prepared by Tara Robertson