Life on a Caribbean island brings both pleasures and pitfalls. For
Elaine Carpelan, there's a comfortable place for her on the Danish
Caribbean island of King Christian. Her love of old and exquisite
items blends well with her career as an antiques appraiser and
manager of a small auction house where she's worked with the owner
Tom Haskin for the last ten years.
With her African Gray parrot Barley and her mutt Zeke, Elaine
relishes island life and the surprises each day brings-both on and
off the job. She is well aware that auctions have drama, but when
an alligator crashes one of her auctions Elaine finds herself
fodder for the local newspaper. Then there's the local furniture
restorer who dies suspiciously and the fire at a recently restored
historic home. Drugs are uncovered at another auction, while
tourists continue to ignore the undertow warnings at a local
Elaine hasn't thought about leaving this idyllic setting until
Chay, a Londoner in his mid-sixties, offers her a lucrative
business proposition. Elaine wonders if she can leave this tropical
paradise and move to England. She remembers a friend telling her,
"You take yourself with you wherever you go, you know."
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