John Farrell, former CIA operative-turned art dealer, has apparently walked into a good deal gone wrong in Sicily. He now waits, wounded and in hiding, for the calvary--and, according to his SOS, only Mrs. Pollifax will do. Within the hour, she is on her way. A youngish-looking female partner named Kate, her mysterious aunt whose farm is mroe heavily guarded than Fort Knox, multimillionaire art collectors, and an uncomfortably familiar assassin await Mrs. Pollifax in Italy. Keeping track of who is a criminal and who is not becomes increasingly difficult as the action heats up.