The place is Athens. The year is 1913. The dream of a united Greece free of the yoke of the Ottoman Empire is strong in the mind of the current Greek Prime Minister. Was the poisoning of the favorite cat of the former Turkish Sultan an opening act to drive the Turks out? Unlikely but with tensions so taut, it is enough to get the British Foreign Office to send Sandor Seymour there to find who did it before humans start dying.