The adventure begins when Adam Scott, a former captain enlisted in the army, has a yellowed envelope bestowed upon him in his father's will. To discover what its content is, he visits a Swiss bank with his girlfriend, Heidi, from clues in the letter placed in the envelope. Meanwhile trouble brews in Russia due to a painting called "the Czar's icon" of Saint George and the dragon among Russian agents of the KGB.It seems that the painting, which has been lost for 15 years, contains a concealed document that marks a compromise between the United States and the Soviet Union that will be invalid in a few days (on June, 20,1966, to be exact). At the same moment, Adam discovers that the icon was the object bequethed to him, unaware of the dilemma in Russia. It is then when Heidi is kidnapped and murdered by Alex Romanov, leader of the search for the icon, that the Englishman realizes the Russians will do anything to retrieve the icon back. Running across Europe for his life and to reach England, he is pursued by agents of the CIA, the KGB, and his own countrymen. 'A Matter of Honor' is not only intriguing but conveys morals that everyone needs to grasp and the love of a son for his father we all comprehend. With its historical settings and characters (i.e., President Johnson), Jeffrey Archer's novel is sure to be a winner with most of us.