Milton, a young detective, is sent to Cyprus to find a precious stolen icon. He is short, bespectacled, a scholar of human nature and criminology, but he can handle himself. His arrival causes panic among people who have everything to lose. A cryptic character called The Voice sends an assassin to kill Milton, and others each separately plan to eliminate him. Enter Elena, beautiful but standoffish. They form a great duo. Will Milton win her love? From the abbot of a remote monastery, they learn that a Russian monk had visited there. On the way back from the monastery, a cement truck tries to ram them into a gorge. At the Bacchus café, Elena introduces Milton to her friend Sabazjos, who becomes another ally. When Milton tells Callia, museum director, about the Russian monk, she arranges for him to meet Countess Bolkonskaya. At the countess’s he meets Gregory, her adviser, and her servants, Boris and his wife Olga. While viewing the countess’s art collection Milton sees another icon he thinks is fake. Gregory is nonplussed and invites Milton to a party on board his yacht. Milton goes to the party, and while examining a closet, he feels a hand on his shoulder, turns around, and everything goes black. His friends watch in dismay as the lights of the yacht recede into the blackness of the night. Milton has been kidnapped! Who can save him? Travel to Cyprus to find out and meet a host of memorable good and evil characters in this gripping novel that asks the big existential questions.