One red rose, a one-way ticket to Stockholm, and a cryptic message in Latin intrigue Vicky Bliss - as they were precisely intended to do. Vicky recognises the handiwork of her former lover, jewel thief John Smythe, and she takes the bait, eagerly following Smythe's lead in the hope of finding a lost treasure.
But the trail begins at a priceless fifth century chalice which will place Vicky at the mercy of a gang of ruthless criminals who have their eyes on an even more valuable prize. And the hunt threatens to turn deadly on a remote island, where a captive Vicky must dig deep at an excavation into the distant past...
"No one is better at juggling torches while dancing on a high wire than Elizabeth Peters." -- Chicago Tribune, "The well-woven plot and exotic atmosphere couldn't be much better...[It] will delight her fans." -- Library Journal
Elizabeth Peters, a prolific and successful writer of over 50 books, is internationally celebrated for her Amelia Peabody serie. In 2003 she received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Malice Domestic convention.