Doomed with an inoperable carcinoma, arrogant, ""incorruptible"" financial correspondent William Harte jumps at the chance for a final spree when asked to help heist eight and a half million pounds (twenty million dollars) of gold ten-tola bars (four oz. each) from a London banking firm. The gilt-edged proposition--tendered by ""unscrupulous"" financier Rolfe Bickhaupt, a castrated vegetarian and the ""condottiere numero uno of the world's money markets""--is made irresistibly tempting when Rolfe's Dutch artist(e) companion Marianne is thrown into the deal as well. An ingenious caper unfolds in conjunction with a curious menage a trois . . . add to that the omnipresence of a dogged Inspector, Clement Arthur Penrose, a real twister of a finale, and pouf. Cleverly cleaved fool's gold.