Il Duce of Italy, Cafarelli, is very concerned about the actions of a small group of powerful men who would love to see all of Europe erupt into another war. To stop this, he appeals to Colonel Granby to break up the cabal. From a different direction comes a man named Richard Merril from the British Foreign Office will find himself investigating the strange behavior of a lady friend and the doctor who holds such power over her. Merril's goal of freeing will entwine with Granby's. Told in the third person largely centered around Merril.