The first event is the death of a young woman in Venice, who was found hanging from a bridge. As Rector investigates her life, he soon realizes that this beautiful and talented young woman - and the interrupted path of her life - had great hidden significance. It appears that Amber Dexter and his associates are playing with the fabric of life in a way Rector never imagined possible. Even he, Rector himself, is part of a larger pattern.
Malachi Rector must figure out who is doing what - and whether their intentions are for good or ill - before he can decide whether to play his pre-scripted role or try to change the outcome.