The Expatriate is a fast-paced thriller tracking the unfortunate adventures of an American family in Brussels. Businessman Jeffrey Tate's complicity in a business deal gone wrong turns his opportunity abroad into a nightmare, throwing his family into chaos and putting his career, not to mention his life, in jeopardy.Jeffrey Tate, a well-regarded young business executive, is transferred to Belgium to head up a large American construction company's expansion efforts overseas. Tate is immediately faced with a decision that involves a large petrochemical plant in Iraq. A Belgian company needing chemical plant expertise brings the business to him. The Belgians convince Tate to involve his company in the project, violating a new U.S. law forbidding American business firms from entering into contracts with certain undesirable countries such as Iraq. Tate then becomes entangled in a web of blackmail, international conspiracy and murder, placing himself and his company in considerable legal trouble, while putting himself and his family in great physical danger as well, in great.