There was menace in the night skies over England: an international smuggling racket with far-reaching political implications. Gregory Sallust knew nothing of this when, in the Casino at Deuville, he first saw the beautiful Sabine Sventy. Even the presence beside her of Lord Gavin Fortescue –  a man as rich as he was evil – gave him no warning of the violence and danger to which he was committed from that very moment, nor that he would have to save Sabine from a retribution that she ha surely earned.