The insistent trilling dragged Stephen out of a deep, dreamless sleep. It took several groggy moments before he identified its source as his cell phone. He carefully cracked one gritty eye open and checked the clock beside his bed: 6:04 A.M. His groping hand found the phone, which came up easily. Apparently, he had forgotten to plug it in last night. He swiped a finger across it and drew it to his ear. "This had better be an emergency," he said by way of greeting.