In today’s world, saturated with fantasy and super-heroes, real-life adventures in foreign places can be even more thrilling. Zak has no idea what he’s in for when he’s allowed to take a short trip to Washington D.C. with his widowed grandmother. But the secretary of state needs them to finish the work that Zak’s diplomat granddad started. Strange cultures and landscapes give them firsthand educations about authentic current issues of global importance. Sometimes, reality is more frightening than fantasy.