Henryk Metelski changes his name to Harvey Metcalfe. Wealthy enough at the start of the book, he is a person who would cheat people to earn more. The story starts with Prospecta Oil Company Shares.
David Kesler a Harvard graduate working for Prospecta Oil in all innocence made four people invest in Prospecta Oil Shares. David was told that the company had made a fantastic strike in the North Sea and when they announce it the shares of the company would be at an all time peak.
The four people involved were: Stephen Bradley, Dr. Robin Oakley, Jean-Pierre Lamanns and Lord James Brigsley. Stephen Bradley was David's friend during Harvard days and a visiting American professor at Oxford. David made a casual visit to the Dr. Robin Oakley, where he mentioned about the strike. David met gallery owner Jean-Pierre Lamanns when he went to buy a piece of art to furnish his apartment and he met Lord James Brigsley while having a drink.
The four invested a good chunk of money in Prospecta Oil, only to realize they were tricked . They decided to get their money back.
All the four came up with their individual plans using their skills and area of expertise. James who initially did not come up so easily with the plan, ultimately surprised the other three with his plan. The four with their neatly laid plans went ahead in pursuit of their goal of defeating Metcalfe and getting their money back.
This report prepared by Malathi Gopinath
With a deviousness born of long practice, Harvey Metcalfe, a Boston based self-made guru of deceit, stays behind the scenes and runs a stock scam involving some bogus petroleum shares at the London Stock Exchange. After the scam folds, Harvey happily goes away a million dollars richer and leaves behind four stupified men, the unwitting principal buyers, teetering on the edge of financial ruin.
Stephen Bradley, a visiting American professor at Oxford, chooses to get even rather than get mad and brings together the other three investors comprising of Harley Street's Dr. Robin Oakley, gallery owner Jean-Pierre Lamanns and Lord James Brigsley. They decide to turn the tables on Harvey. Combining their individual abilities and expertise, they each come up a scheme to relieve Harvey of the exact amount he robbed them of.
This report prepared by Rashmi Srinivas