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Spy Specialty: Explosives & Gadgets.
A bespectacled young man like Harry would never have imagined himself parachuting into a war zone. He’s much better suited to hushed conversations at the U of T library with his classmates, or secret experiments in his parents’ garage with volatile chemicals, or sending high-speed Morse code messages. But his encyclopedic mind in the areas of weapons, explosives and engineering make him a very valuable asset to Special Operations. Harry is the little brother of the group, thrilled at the chance to play what he considers a modest part in such an important struggle.
Spy Specialty: Combat & Weapons
Neil is a lean, moving wall of muscle with razor-sharp reflexes and a quick, calculating brain. He fought against the prejudice of being working-class by becoming a cop, looking for justice in the rough streets of London. From there, he accepted a posting in Shanghai, working anti-riot squads, breaking street gangs and becoming one of the first Westerners to earn a black belt. Now, he brings his knowledge of hand-to-hand combat to Camp X: he teaches his team how to kill with their bare hands, and how to survive when all seems lost. Neil’s hatred of the Germans is driven by the loss of his family, who were wiped out in the Blitz.
Spy Specialty: Undercover Specialist
Daughter of a German-Jewish father and a French-Canadian mother, Aurora was raised fluently trilingual – and very aware of being an outsider. Often bullied in the schoolyard, Aurora learned to fight back. Her master plan was simple: be better than everyone else. At everything. She’s driven, ambitious, uncompromising, and competitive. She was working in Paris as a journalist when France fell to the Germans, and she knew immediately what her skills destined her to do: beat the bullies back without mercy. By the word, by the sword, whatever it takes. Her language skills and her first-hand experience in the field – not to mention her chameleon-like ability to blend in nearly anywhere – made her a perfect candidate for recruitment to Camp X.
Spy Specialty: Propoganda & Seduction
Tom’s childhood heroes were cowboys, warriors, and pirates. So when he hears the call for adventure – a chance to be all three? He doesn’t think twice as he is brought in through the door of Camp X. Athletic, intuitive, charismatic and confident, he’s just young enough to believe he’s invulnerable… and just impulsive enough to keep his team on the edge of trouble. But beyond Tom’s impatience to get out there and kick Nazi butts, he’s a natural-born salesman. A former Madison Avenue wunderkind, Tom is intimately familiar with the mechanics of persuasion. He knows how to get under people’s skin, push their buttons, and inspire them to acts of courage.
Spy Specialty: Near Perfect Memory
A young man with a gentle soul, and a hero ready to happen, Alfred is burdened with an uncommon condition – synesthesia – that cross-wires one sense with another in the brain. But, it is through the synesthesia Alfred has a perfect memory and thus an invaluable skill for becoming a spy. He will be able to forever retain complex codes, conversations, and all kinds of covert intelligence. But in war, sometimes the biggest struggle is to forget what you’ve seen. Alfred never can. His perfect memory can also be his most dangerous vulnerability if he falls into enemy hands.
Aurora, thrown into a role as leader, struggles to accept the mantle of leading the team. She’s forced to make the most gut-wrenching decisions of her life--difficult choices between duty and love, truth and lies. She carries the burden of witnessing the cost of her actions while never being certain she’s right. Where does the spy end and the human being begin? This is something Aurora struggles with, especially in her growing bond with the “enemy:” Sabine Faber, wife of the Gestapo boss who’s on their trail. Strangely, being undercover and relieved of the burden of leadership, is where Aurora can truly be herself, speaking freely about life, home, identity and love.
Alfred is a fragile man, viewed by his comrades as the team’s weak link. But he emerges from a horrific nightmare--interrogation and torture in a Gestapo prison at the hands of a brutal enemy--with more confidence, more insight, and a hero’s sense of who he is and how he can make a difference. When pushed to his limit, the synesthesia he believes to be his biggest frailty turns out to be his most powerful defense. At the same time, Alfred remains the heart and conscience of the team, as every act he witnesses– vicious and heroic alike--is imprinted upon his perfect memory.
Neil has always been the get-it-done guy, but having to kill a thoughtful young German soldier left a profound scar on his soul. Neil continues to perform his duties as part of the team, but he’s more thoughtful about life and death. The dark turn young Harry is taking also concerns him. Neil does what it takes to ensure things move ahead with every mission, but the warrior with the tough exterior also has a vulnerable side that starts to show when he meets a young woman whose past is as haunted as his own.
Tom is gravely injured, and the team has to soldier on without him. Haunted by knowledge of the horrors of the Holocaust, Tom returns changed from his recovery at Camp X: the former ad man who prefers to deploy words over bullets, has learned that there are some struggles worth killing for. Tom becomes the driven, binding force for the team, witnessing the disturbing changes among our spies, and working hard to heal them. And after coming so close to death himself, the “no-strings” fling he and Krystina are enjoying starts to mean more to Tom than he realizes.
Harry, the youngest in the team, was the most idealistic and optimistic of Sinclair’s recruits. But having accidentally betrayed the team, thanks to the attractive nurse and her strategic use of morphine, he has a lot to make up for. His trust in anyone--especially himself--is severely crippled. As he and the team confront one disillusioning incident after another, the damage to his soul starts to take its toll--and sets him on a collision course with his leader Aurora, whom he feels he can no longer count on. Hatred for the “enemy” becomes a powerful force in Harry. He turns absolute, focused and unquestioning, no longer tolerating complicated debates about ethics because there’s Nazi blood to be spilled.
With Alfred imprisoned by Nazis, the Allied networks compromised, and his team exposed in the field, Sinclair’s leadership is called into question--not least of all, by him. He does everything in his power to rescue his prized asset and keep the team safe. Sinclair develops a surprising bond with a high-ranking German officer’s son, a POW who once spent a summer vacationing with Sinclair’s own two sons. Although Sinclair remains calm and cool under pressure, strong emotions boil just beneath the surface, especially grief and concern for his son William, missing in the Pacific.
Krystina’s professional and personal life merge in a new and surprising way. Now that Tom is back at Camp X, the two of them team up professionally and dormant feelings from a past fling rekindle, sparking a relationship that draws out Krystina’s humor and her vulnerability. As with all relationships, Krystina must come to terms with the fact that opening one’s heart can sometimes lead to painful consequences. And when Camp X is threatened, Krystina is thrown into a dangerous, heroic role. Though trained to react in crisis, she struggles with the emotional aftermath.