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A mysterious French nobleman arrives at Ekaterina Tuomonova's gallery in Chelsea, London. He is in search of an expert in early 20th century Post Impressionist art. Olivier de la Salle proposes John and Ekaterina visit his château in Provence, in the South of France, where he needs help in identifying a collection of paintings long forgotten in the recesses of his château. The story explores the world of art and art dealers with their immensely rich clients, collectors and oligarchs, crooks and forgers, auction houses and museums, the vast sums of money that art attracts today, artists and their friends, their wealth and their misery, their mistresses and their patrons.