Jamie Stewart was a young man with everything. Charm, good looks, a baronetcy and a vast fortune. Unfortunately, he had something more - a gift inherited from his mad grandfather Clarence, which enabled him to read minds. A destructive gift which made him invincible at the poker table but crippled his relationships with women.
This thrilling novel is set in the seemingly glamorous world of aristocrats, financiers and unscrupulous men who gamble for the highest stakes. As an Oxford undergraduate, Jamie befriends Greg Hamilton, scion of an American banking family. When Jamie is wrongly accused of a murder, in which he knows Greg to be implicated, he decides to take the biggest gamble of his life and stand trial. He does not know that the Greek shipping millionaire Spiros Virakis is plotting a diabolical revenge both at the poker table and against Jamie's friends. The novel describes the poker games, the high-class whores, the machinations of international finance within which Virakis tries to destroy the Hamilton bank. Jamie survives the ordeals of prison and a stroke and although he once again defeats Virakis at the poker table, fate has yet another blow in store.