A series of burglaries strips several celebrated golf clubs of their valuable paintings, and memorabilia such as antique golf clubs and balls. One of the targets is the Royal Dorset Golf Club, where Chris Ludlow is helping to re-design the course.
The police even suspect Chis's friend, the journalist Toby Greenslade, of being implicated; and things get worse when they find the dead body of a Japanese dealer. Then the wife of another dealer is kidnapped. . .
As well as trying to recover a debt for a neighbour from a shady and violent lawyer, Chris must also do battle in the treacherous world of golfing antiques, where nothing is as it seems.