Born and raised in a poor, working-class family in Toronto, Jack
Spayd is the son of an unhappy marriage. But when he is given a
harmonica as a young boy, he discovers a talent for music that will
change his life forever.
After being taken under the wing of "Miss Frostbite," the owner
of a local jazz club, Jack becomes a gifted musician, playing piano
and harmonica. After the death of his mother, he travels to Las
Vegas and finds work in the clubs there, but is increasingly drawn
to gambling. He earns a reputation as a good player, which brings
him to the attention of the mafia. Jack wants to join the
professional circuit, and to do that he needs serious money behind
It's this need that sees him travel to the Belgian Congo, where
he's heard it's possible to earn big money working in the most
dangerous parts of the local copper mines. He gradually falls in
love with Africa?and then with a beautiful Ethiopian woman. They
move to London, where they bring up a daughter who becomes a
supermodel. In a dramatic twist, the story returns to Africa?and to
a fortune in diamonds.
"Jack of Diamonds" is the story of a young, talented man,
fighting to achieve his ambitions, and having to use his
considerable talents to find his way in a perilous world.
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