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George Stobbart has come to Paris to escape his dull life as a corporate lawyer. But his vacation is soon turned upside down as he is caught in a terrifying explosion that results in the death of an enigmatic stranger. George's boy scout sense of justice and fair play gets him into trouble as he decides to investigate. He quickly teams up with pragmatic Nico Collard, and as a team they embark on a journey to investigate the sinsister events, and uncover dark truths.
Nico is street-wise, sharp-tongued, shrewd. No silver spoon for her - just memories of the roughest quarters of Paris, and a career in photo-journalism that she's chiselled out for herself against the odds. She's got a short temper and doesn't suffer fools gladly. She's on the side of anyone who genuinely wants to fight corruption or who'll make a stand for the little guy. Most of all she likes anyone who can laugh in adversity - and that's George to a tee. Nico has especially fond memories of her father, a man she worshipped until his premature death. Throughout the game, the memories that she cherishes will be severely tested, leading to a rollercoaster emotional experience.
The game opens in Paris, where photo-journalist Nico Collard has just picked up an assignment. She is en route to the Palais Royale to interview media magnate Pierre Carchon. This scoop is the break that she has been waiting for - the chance to make herself a household name. Carchon has been giving a talk to a select group of luminaries in his famed salon overlooking the central garden, but Nico has a special invite for a private audience. Little does she know that the mime, who startles her as she approaches, is a merciless killer in waiting. Or that she and Carchon already share a sinister and powerful connection. Or that Carchon's glamorous wife Imelda will change Nico's life forever. As the story unfolds, it is clear that everyone has a dark secret - Nico will be devastated to discover her own. Aided by the amiable American tourist George Stobbart, Nico embarks upon a quest to find the killer and uncover the ancient conspiracy he is protecting. Never in their most fevered imaginings could the two predict the dark events to follow.