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Jonathan Wainwright Skyler, a U.S. soldier, befriends Ben Kalib Ali, a seven year old orphan in Iraq. After eighteen months of duty, Jonathan “gyros” back to the U.S. and musters out of the National Guard. He goes back to work for a Wall Street ﬁrm and in the ensuing years becomes a successful venture capitalist. While having lunch with clients, he notices a young man, dapperly dressed, having lunch with some people. The young man looks familiar, they look at each other and eventually they meet in the restaurant’s restroom and begin talking. Jonathan says hello to Ben Kalib Ali, a strapping young man, handsome and well spoken. Ben tells Jonathan that he was adopted by a California family and sent to the US. After arriving, he completed his primary, secondary schooling and finally Stanford University. There he majored in chemical engineering and later ﬁnished law school at Georgetown University. Ben also said that he was newly married, employed as an attorney with a New York Wall Street ﬁrm and was living in Westchester, taking the train everyday to Grand Central Station and then by subway to his oﬃce on Wall Street. Little does Jonathan know, but Ben has been programmed to be a “Sleeper Cell”destined to carry out one of the most devastating events in New York City.
The story takes place in the years 2000 – 2024