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Robert Thorn is stationed in Rome, Italy, with his wife Katherine and their young son Damien, until they move to London when Robert is appointed US Ambassador to England. Three years later, Robert returns to Italy investigating Damien's origins with Keith Jennings.
When the two find the hospital in Rome where Damien was born has burnt down, they go to Father Spiletto in Subiaco and discover from him that Damien's biological mother is in Cerveteri. After finding the corpses of Damien's mother and the Thorns' biological son, they travel to Israel to visit Bugenhagen.