Phillip Harding receives a request for help from a distraught man, Charles Harvil, whose daughter has eloped to Spain with a charming but dangerous Italian, Vittorio Baranti. But Harding and his fellow detective Michael Flynn soon discover they have taken on more than they bargained for when they find that Baranti is part of a major drug-smuggling operation. Is Harvil himself part of the gang, or is he just an incent bystander caught up against his will? Who is really in charge of the criminal activities, and which, if any, members of the Spanish police are involved? And just what is the connection with Harvil's estate near Marbella? Only Michael Flynn, the Irish sleuth with an uncanny instinct for uncovering the truth, is able to unravel the complicated web which conceals what is really going on.