Steve Rogers's past and present collide as he digs deeper into the mysteries at the center of a global conspiracy and comes face-to-face with the first woman he ever loved. All this, and the secret manipulator behind the scenes twists his knife in Steve's back with an ending that will leave readers stunned!
Shot by a sniper, Jacob Erskine urges Steve Rogers to protect his wife because “if Smith’s done it”, “they’ll come after her now”. Erskine dies and Rogers escapes the hotel. Once on the ground, he sees a sniper’s nest, but he finds it was controlled remotely by computer. Rogers scours the Madripoor underworld for intel on who may have hired a hitman to kill Erskine. No one has info, and Rogers suspects it was an inside job.
Rogers asks Sharon Carter to gather info on Myron Smith, Erskine’s head of security. Rogers then recalls the woman who looks like Erskine’s wife, Anita. Lieutenant Cynthia Glass worked on the Super-Soldier experiment, ended up being a Nazi spy, but also died saving Rogers against orders from her superiors. Rogers tails Smith and Anita to Nextin Pharmaceuticals’ corporate retreat. Rogers confronts Anita while she walks on the beach and she seems to remember Rogers. Carter calls Rogers with info on Smith, who has no personal history at all prior to joining Nextin. Rogers figures out the puzzle – Anita Erskine and Myron Smith are machines controlled by the Machinesmith. Machinesmith then begins to deactivate the super-soldier serum in Rogers’ blood and Rogers begins to shrink.