Frank Ball and the staff at Vancouver’s Regency Antiques are concentrating on making their new show of painting sensation Septimus Odell’s abstracts into the event of the season. News of an astonishing lottery win galvanizes the local antiques trade into a race for the lucky man’s business. To lure him into parting with his millions, they need some sensational stock, and an old appraisal gives clues to an estate that fits the bill. Frank Ball is slower off the mark than usual, distracted by a new employee and a puzzling death. When there is police interest in the death and international interest in the unique estate, the Regency staff make up for lost time.