The author's hero, Eric Ward, with glaucoma in check (Once Dying, Twice Dead, etc.), married to beautiful, young heiress Anne Morcomb, his law practice growing, should be content, but he's still seeking out trouble. Anne, on the advice of handsome lawyer Mark Fenham, has invested a fortune in Martin and Channing, a merchant bank also involved in underwriting marine insurance, currently for the sinking of the Sea Dawn, a claim about to be paid when Eric raises doubts about its validity. He's also trying to exert control over Anne's money by way of a clumsy, barely legal coup in the bank's normally moribund subsidiary, Stanley Investments. Then, the murder of Karl Mueller, a mate on Sea Dawn, and the suspicious death of her captain, Fred Trainor, take Eric to Spain, where he meets an old adversary and barely escapes an attempt on his life. A combination of luck and doggedness brings both matters to a conclusion that satisfies Eric. Most readers, though, will have had more finicky detail about the banking and marine insurance business than they care to know--and more than enough of ever-more priggish and boring Eric Ward.