Near the close of the Roaring '20s, a boat loses power and drifts ashore in northern California. The ominous autumn sky darkens. The woman fears the worst. Her boyfriend is frantic. Then a surprise appearance increases the suspense.
The author visits an interesting 'numbers man' on a December afternoon in Charlotte after a car crash. The conversation branches out and curls back. Kat Da'dy presages the affair. Dwight Clark's famous NFL catch gets caught in the word salad.
A virtual soccer/football game (which could be used in a betting pool) is devised by a seldom-heard-from psecret psociety agent. The lottery-numbers-based procedure is outlined meticulously. The scoring averages are very realistic. Zack sure had some time on his hands.