Patrick moves to Toronto looking for work, and finds work only as a searcher, seeking out the location of the vanished, eccentric millionaire Ambrose Small. To find Small, Patrick forms a relationship with Small's former lover, an actress named Clara, with whom he feels madly in love. Small leaves Patrick to return to Small, whose location she's known all along. Patrick tracks Small down, demanding only Clara, and Small tries to kill him.
During his time with Clara, Patrick meets an actress named Alice who, he discovers, is part of a group of Macedonian extremists seeking recourse from the government. Patrick becomes caught up in their struggle and cause and, in working towards this end, is captured and inprisoned. While in prison, he meets Carravaggio, the thief who later appears in The English Patient, and the two silently plot an escape.
This report prepared by Melissa Rachiele