The zone is a mystical, magical place which exists in a case officer’s mind. Athletes achieve their zone by performing flawlessly without conscious effort. A case officer achieves it by recruiting a valuable, high ranking spy. It is the crowning achievement in espionage, and once he’s a member of the most elite fraternity in espionage he’s unlikely ever to receive severe punishment—even if he makes a mistake. He’s like a university professor with tenure; once he’s in, he’s in forever. Here, a new member of the zone reaches for a door knocker depicting Bacchus, the Roman God of Wine.