The action starts 10 minutes after the conclusion to A Crimson Sky for Dying, when young private detective Archie Archibald gets his second case.
Beautiful Lauren McAllister, from the famous McAllister spice dynasty, has suspicions her husband is fooling around...again. She hires Archie to corroborate her assumptions.
A sudden, untimely death plunges Archie into the dark underbelly of the wealthy McAllister family, where things are not what they appear to be.
The story heats up when the shady Mrs. Culpepper rents a storefront several doors down from Archie’s office, and her hot-tempered son, Slim, starts paying unwanted attention to Archie’s new office manager. What exactly are the Culpeppers up to?
Throw in fast cigarette boats, dangerous artifacts from the Amazon, and a steroid-crazed bodybuilder, and Archie and his friend Luther find themselves once again in the middle of another perilous mystery.