Conor McBride is an agent with MI-6.
Boy, that's a statement that is so very wrong and yet, unfortunately for McBride, also too true.
McBride owns a small farm with his frail, aging mother in Ireland. It isn't what he really wants to do but there it is and what's to be done with it.
What he would much rather be doing is playing concert violin in some nice orchestra or better yet, soloing as the headliner he was becoming before the trouble caused by his brother happened. As it was put by a man wanting to use McBride's non-musical talents for a mission, "How bitter that must have been to lose your seat in the first violins, not to mention your growing career as a soloist ... all because someone had to do penance for your brother's crimes."
What he would much rather not be doing is being trained for spy work for the British Secret Intelligence Service, all because his long gone brother, Thomas, who caused the trouble has apparently caused even more trouble and needs help and the SIS is willing to provide some if Conor McBride will provide the rest. And, oh, by the way, can you also help out in this other thing as well.
So the farmer who once was an up-and-coming violinist is now an unhappy but pretty capable MI-6 operative.
He is not the only one, though, for in the course of his adventures and life, he will find it necessary to take up 'temporary' residence with a woman named Kate Fitzpatrick, owner of a hotel in Vermont and someone who will, over time, be trained by her new lover, McBride, to be an operative as well.
- When challenged by McBride to show a warrant card, the 'recruiting agent' from MI6 asked, "And how would you authenticate it if I produced one?"