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The season has begun. Debutantes and chaperones are planning their luncheons, teas, dinners, and balls, and the blackmailer is planning his strategies and stalking his next victim. Chief Detective Inspector Roderick Alleyn senses that something was up. He plants his friend Lord Robert Gospell at the scene, but when he arrives it becomes clear that someone else got their first.
When the President of Ng'ombwana proposes to dispense with the security arrangements on an official visit to London, his old school mate, Superintendent Alleyn persuades him to do otherwise. However, an assassin does strike, and Alleyn discovers a wealth of suspects in a coterie of ex-colonials.
Rickie Alleyn had come to the island to write, but village life was tedious - until he found a dead stablehand. It might have ended there had Rickie not noticed some strange and puzzling things. Rickie's father, Chief Superintendent Roderick Alleyn, is called in to investigate.