Burroughs Rice is an agent with the CIA.
Well, was an agent. For quite a few years he had worked diligently for the Agency and had become one of its very best black ops personnel. He had been an assassin for the government and had removed forty-seven souls from the planet but then things had gone, as they say, pear-shaped and now he is on the run.
Again, well, he has been in hiding for the past decade, living in the deepest part of the Cascade Mountains in Washington state, existing as off-the-grid as he can manage, "no phone, no electricity, no Internet, and a single-seat outhouse he build himself and shares with a family of muskrats".
He would admit that he is surprised that he has made it that long since quite a few people are out after him and have been for some time. He and his late wife had thought they were okay in Antigua but then she was killed and he changed climate drastically, leaving warm beaches and sand for "black flies and frostbite".
Rice would also admit to not being that shocked when they finally come for him. With such diverse groups of people wanting him for a myriad of different reason, it was just a matter of time. When one team does show up at his cabin expecting to snatch him unaware, though, they find they "had dramatically underestimated this retired agent. Despite almost ten years of living alone in the wilderness, it looks like he hadn't quite lost his edge. And now the famous Rice was on the loose again. In the wind. Or in CIA-speak, on the black."
Once the "misunderstanding" that caused his situation is cleared up, Rice will go back to the Agency, a fair amount different than the first time but just as dangerous, if not more so.
- When asked if all CIA agents were as paranoid as he, Rice replies, "Only the ones that are still breathing".