In 1942 Waterhouse is assigned to Detachment 2702 on a secret mission to keep the Nazis ignorant of the fact that Allied Intelligence has cracked the enemy's fabled Enigma code. Shaftoe is the translator. In the present Waterhouse's grandson teams up with Shaftoe's granddaughter they find a massive conspiracy tied to Detachment 2702.
Shortlisted for Arthur C.Clarke Award 2000.
Neal Stephenson is the author of six novels and co-author (with Frederick George) of two more. He lives in Seattle.