Stone Barrington's newest client does not seem the type to bring mayhem in his wake. A polite, well-deported gentleman, he comes to Stone seeking legal expertise on an unusual and potentially lucrative dilemma. Stone points him in the right direction and sends him on his way but it's soon clear Stone hasn't seen the end of the case. Several people are keenly interested in this gentleman's activities and how they may relate to a long-ago crime. Some of them will stop at nothing to find the information they desire.