When Haskell Maloney takes her premarital blood test, she finds out that she is a carrier of the Tay Sachs gene. Since neither her late mother nor the late soldier whom she always thought was her father carried this gene, she questions her true parentage. This quest leads Haskell to break off her engagement and travel to Chicago, where her mother studied at the Oriental Institute.
Luckily, Haskell studied Egyptology as her undergraduate major, so she has an excuse to pursue employment where her mother's life existed prior to her birth. She accepts an unpaid clerical job in the private collection of Victor Nazarian and carries on her investigation among former friends of her mother.
As it becomes clear that her mother was murdered, Haskell finds herself running for her life, hoping to solve the mystery of her parentage and her mother's death before it is too late.
The author's background in Egyptology and archaeology help to create vivid descriptions of various artifacts and incidents in Oriental scholarship.
This report prepared by Samantha S.