Jordan is grateful for her job researching rare books for Vera Van Alst. Vera agrees to see the uninvited and imperious Muriel Delgado upon arrival. Shortly thereafter, Jordan is told that her position is being terminated. Jordan is determined to find out what hold Muriel has over Vera. It seems Muriel has designs on Vera's holdings, and her collection of Nero Wolfe first editions. When Jordan discovers a deadly connection between Muriel and the Van Alst family, it's up to her to stop a killer.