Andre Kohl is a television reporter.
He has been a much respected reporter for one of the major networks for over 20 years, being lured from print reporting which he had done for over a decade before that. At 56 with thirty years of chasing down stories and risking his neck to get a scoop or dig out an obscure fact, Kohl has decided to step away from it.
As the series opens, Kohl is living alone in his home in Normandy, France, except for his housekeeper. His phone number is known to only a very select few, including his two grown children back in the States, as he prepares to take a year sabbatical to take a much needed break from constant action. He has walked away from his post as head of the European bureau for his network and walked away from a good chance at the anchor chair. He has said goodbye to a year's salary and the security of a good job.
He is looking forward to becoming familiar again with the love of the piano he once had as a young man, a love that grew as he did. He wonders if he had not taken that first job as a reporter he might have become as good with the piano as his friend, Isaac Stern, was with the violin. When much younger, they had played together often and Kohl was now wanting to get that feeling back.
But life will not work out that way for Kohl as stories just too good and too powerful to pass up will come along, stories of international consequence and of great personal danger. And when the daughter of the Director of the CIA falls in love with him, things will get even more complicated.