An Enemy Affair
April 1917. Over the mountains of Chiapas, Mexico, Felix and Maria run for their lives. Though heavily armed men hunt them down, they escape, but not without risking their lives for each other. Now, feeling safe in their hotel room, they make love and fall asleep.
Felix wakes up in jail. He is implicated in a plot to provoke a war between Mexico and the US, and in the murder of Maria B. Hernandez, a Mexican photographer. The interrogation begins with the events that took place on the Mexican border in 1916.
As the Mexican Revolution rages on, Americans clamor for revenge on Pancho Villa, who has crossed the border to attack New Mexico. Meanwhile, American industrialists pressure Washington to interfere militarily and protect their investments there. Finally, the “Interventionists”, lead by ex US ambassador to Mexico Henry L. Wilson gain political strength; war with Mexico is imminent. It is Germany’s best shot at winning the war in Europe. Felix Sommerfeld works diligently to make this happen when; in Pancho Villas’ northernmost camp he meets the beautiful Maria B. Hernandez. It doesn’t take long for Felix and Maria, also a German agent, to get entangled in a dangerous game of seduction, intrigue, espionage, sex, and betrayal of historic proportions.
Their mission: To keep America out of the war in Europe.
Summoned to Berlin for a special assignment in January 1917, Felix brings Maria with him to meet his brother Harold, a high-ranking German intelligence officer. The Secretary of Foreign Affairs, Arthur Zimmerman himself briefs Felix on the Kaiser’s new master plan: forming an alliance with Mexico, Japan and Germany in case of war against the United States, in exchange for the lost territories of Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California. Felix’s connections at the highest levels of the Mexican government will help the anti-Yankee, pro-German Presidente Carranza warm up to the plan.