John Locke has always prided himself on keeping his clients safe from dangerous situations. His latest case involves historian Amy Roger, seeking protection from a Corsican mobster named Orsini. Orsini is hot for revenge after having been scorned by the lovely Amy, and only Locke stands between him and his prey. On a research jaunt in France, Amy knows she is an open target, unable to leave behind traces of her past. If she is to have a future at all, Locke must step up and protect her. But the past and its tragic legacy are never far behind.