An offer to double cross a client shows at Marlowe’s door, but its against a client who Philip hasn’t heard from in years. As if on cue, the wild haired mysterious man flees, and the phone rings. Henry Pound, the client in question wants Marlowe to retrieve a sword for him.
Going on a clue, Marlowe visits a dame, but what does the blonde know about the sword? For now, all Marlowe gets is attitude, dead ends, and a thump on the head.
Waking up to a helpful beach comber, and a body, the heat is on to find the sheath that goes along with the sword. Piecing them together forms a pattern that spells out a message… or does it?
Racing off to find the sheath, and a lot of danger, Marlowe uncovers secrets about the sword, the real message, and the real business his exotic client is involved in.