It's Santa Fe, New Mexico in the early 1940's - full of smuggled art from Europe, USSR spies, and FBI agents.
In the midst of it all is Quinn Chase, a former police detective turned Private Investigator is trying to start a new career after being fired by the Albuquerque Police Department.
Quinn seeks one painting that has been smuggled into Santa Fe above all others..."Five Dancing Women (ballerinas)" by nineteenth-century French Artist, Edgar Degas.
At the same time, atomic secrets from Los Alamos are being smuggled by Nazi spies out of Santa Fe and back to Germany.
An American mole is being paid by the Nazis and is coordinating the smuggled art entering and leaving Santa Fe for South America.
Could Marika Kraus, a cunning and charming German woman whom Quinn met at a local club, have connections with the smuggled art ring or the mole?
Quinn has his hands full as he tries to find the sought after artwork, determine who the mole is, and solve several recent murders that have taken place.