Charles Epping, an American citizen based in Zurich, Switzerland, has worked in international finance for many years, holding management positions in European and American investment banks in London, Geneva, and Zurich.
He has a master's degree in International Relations from Yale University, in addition to degrees from the University of Paris--Sorbonne and the University of Notre Dame.
He is currently the managing director of a Swiss-based international consulting company doing work in Europe and South America. He is also the president of the Central Europe Foundation--which provides scholarships to students from central and Eastern Europe.
Hitler and the Third Reich's sweep across the European continent drove thousands of Jewish families to place their assets under the name of trusted Swiss lawyers and fiduciary agents on the eve of World War II. While many families claimed lost funds at the end of the war, many unclaimed accounts remain secreted away in Swiss vaults.
Alex Payton is a computer programmer hired to deactivate bugs in the Helvetia Bank of Zurich's database. In the process, she discovers a secret bank account wrought with a mysterious and dangerous history. With each clue Alex unearths, she finds herself deeper within a myriad of deceit, lies, and murder.