Steve Rowland. It's under that name that XIII received the fateful wound that deprived him of his memories, while attempting to infiltrate the Conspiracy of the XX. By then the real Rowland was already dead, breathing his last in his wife Kim Carrington's arms. But what had driven that man, a patriot and war hero, to betray his government? What events, what trauma - what manipulations - had made him into someone capable of assassinating the President of the United States?