Two grim murders take place in idyllic Cyprus of an insurance company manager and his uncle, and a miraculous holy icon is replaced with an almost perfect fake. Enter Milton Lessing, brilliant young American insurance sleuth, whose company is on the hook for $5m.
Milton’s arrival sets off a chain reaction of violent events among people who have everything to lose. An English aristocrat, a local real estate mogul, his sexy niece and Girl Friday, a nymphomaniac Russian countess and her acerbic financial adviser, a beautiful museum director, and an abbot all have something at stake. And what is the terrible secret behind the theft?
Two more murders occur of a monk and a petty thief. Milton’s situation becomes ever more perilous, when a mysterious character known as the Voice engages thugs to kill him, and the police abandon him. Three mysterious strangers whom he meets – Joe, his daughter Elena, and Sabazjos, archetypes of Zeno, Aphrodite, and Dionysus, assist Milton.
Milton with his razor-sharp mind and Elena, beautiful and with exceptional psychic and physical abilities, become a formidable team. Will Milton win her love?
In pursuit of the forger, the action races from Greek Cyprus to the tip of Karpas peninsula, Turkish occupied Cyprus, where the counterfeiter and his artist have taken refuge.