Alfred is a fragile man, viewed by his comrades as the team’s weak link. But he emerges from a horrific nightmare – interrogation and torture in a Gestapo prison at the hands of a brutal enemy – with more confidence, more insight, and a hero’s sense of who he is and how he can make a difference. When pushed to his limit, the synesthesia he believes to be his biggest frailty, turns out to be his most powerful defense. At the same time, Alfred remains the heart and conscience of the team, as every act he witnesses – vicious and heroic alike – is imprinted upon his perfect memory.
Aurora, thrust into her role as leader, struggles to accept the mantle of what it means to lead the team. She’s forced to make the most wrenching decisions of her life – difficult choices between duty and love, truth and lies – and she carries the all too human burden of witnessing the cost of her actions, while never being certain she’s right. Where does the spy end and the human being begin? This is something Aurora struggles with, especially in her growing bond with the “enemy” – Sabine Faber, wife of the Gestapo boss who’s on their trail. Strangely, sometimes being undercover, relieved of the burden of leadership, is where Aurora can truly be herself, speaking freely about life, home, identity and love.
Neil has always been the get-it-done guy, but having to kill a thoughtful young German soldier left a profound scar on his soul. Neil continues to perform his duties as an intrinsic member of the team, but he’s more thoughtful about life and death, and is concerned by the dark turn young Harry is taking. Neil does what it takes to ensure things move ahead with every mission. But this warrior with the tough exterior also has a vulnerable side, which starts to show when he meets a young woman whose past is as haunted as his own.
Harry, the youngest, was the most idealistic and optimistic of Sinclair’s recruits. But having accidentally betrayed the team, thanks to the attractive nurse and her strategic use of morphine, he has a lot to make up for. His trust of anyone – especially of himself – is severely crippled. As he and the team confront one disillusioning incident after another, the damage to his soul starts to take its toll – and sets him on a collision course with Aurora, his leader, whom he feels he can no longer count on. His hatred for the “enemy” becomes a powerful force in Harry, absolute, focused and unquestioning, and he has no tolerance for complicated debates about ethics, when there’s Nazi blood to be spilled.
Tom is gravely injured, and the team has to soldier on without him. Haunted by knowledge of the horrors of the Holocaust, Tom returns changed from his recovery at Camp X: the former ad man with the gift for persuasion, who prefers to deploy words over bullets, has learned that there are some struggles worth killing for. Tom becomes the driven, binding force for the team, witnessing the disturbing changes among our spies, and working hard to heal them. And after coming so close to death himself, the “no-strings” fling he and Krystina are enjoying comes to mean more to Tom than he realizes.