Film producer Robyn Hawthorne can hardly believe her luck: a handsome Englishman, here in Sydney on a lectureship - and he's a talented wordsmith too! Just what she needs to help her script the life of Australia's 'Lost Impressionist' painter, John Peter Russell. And help her in other, less cerebral areas. Robyn and her new friend, Malcolm Reid, leave the drug-fuelled fleshpots and media moguls of Sydney for Paris, Brittany and London, on a hunt for Russell's past and thirty-eight of his pictures, which have mysteriously gone missing. They become deeply involved with each other, with their quest - and with danger. Why did Jamie, an artist/curator friend, have to die so young? And he's not the only one to suffer. Look for bright lights, shady deals and creative passions in this fascinating 'detective' story, set in a vibrant modern Sydney, but shot through with echoes of the past. Murder, greed and the plight of the screenwriter in shark-infested media waters are expertly portrayed in a thriller with a fiery twist in the tale.