What do you do when you go to visit a friend on holidays and they're not there? They have no family and their work doesn't seem to care and you spoke to them yesterday and yet... they've disappeared?
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John Watson found it most fascinating when his newest patient turned out to be the surrogate for the soon-to-be-married uber-powerful talent agent Simon Pearson and the up-and-coming politican Vernon Laing. But when Simon's business partners start to worry that he's more interested in his husband-to-be's career and not the next big Hollywood actor…
Our intrepid friends Holmes and Watson are faced with just this situation when they arrive to visit Roland Burgos - who's on the verge of a massive breakthrow with computer-aided translation software - in New York. Even as Watson worries they are getting involved in something that doesn't concern them, it's Holmes' inate sense of right - and his love of getting involved in another case - that sets them on the trail.
And it's a trail that will take them back through Roland's past loves and lead them to San Francisco, Los Angeles, Sydney, Paris, Rome and Amsterdam... as they uncover the true worth of Roland's invention and the willingness of the people he's screwed over in the past to take their revenge.
Of course there's big New York muscle cops, celebrity business gurus with kinky habits, athletic Dutch lesbians and an army of Holmes' A-Gay friends to help them solve the case. But will they ever save Roland from his past - or himself... And will they ever make it to Cape Town for their holiday?