Gideon Davis is an international negotiator.
If there is a hot spot in the world where tensions are extremely high and neither side is willing to talk to the other, it often takes an impartial outsider to help the opponents find some middle ground neither is happy with but both can accept. Davis is very good at that, which is why when we first meet him, is working as a Special Presidential Envoy for the White House.
It is said early on in the first recorded adventure that he was seen by his distractors as "a pie-in-the-sky slave to political correctness who thought the enemies of Western civilization could be jawboned into holding hands and singing Kumbaya". Those not so opposed to him know that he was "a straight talker with zero tolerance for bullshit" and one who "listened to people". For his many services so far, he has just been awarded the United Nations Medal of Peace.
Davis got into working with the U.S. State Department through his mentor, "Uncle" Earl Parker, not actually a relative but the close friend to Davis' father who, when his parents died while Davis was still young, made sure Davis and his older brother, Tillman, were looked after. He visited at least once a month and nurtured both young men. After college, it was Parker who brought Davis into the civil service and though the trauma of 9/11 would find the two men differing greatly in how to react, the affection was still there.
Now years later, the younger Davis, Gideon, has made a name for himself on the world stage while his brother, Tillman, has been working in deep cover. The two's worlds are about to collide and Gideon Davis, so good at diplomacy and deal-making, is about to learn what it is like in the trenches.