A lean and deceptively tough former computer salesman, Charlie Gamble subsidizes his life aboard his sailboat, The Squareknot, by doing odd boat repairs around the marina in Boston Harbor. Everything suits Charlie, until one day a heart-stoppingly beautiful woman literally falls out of her Ferrari and into his life.
Charlie Gamble is a scam artist, but he does have his loyalties, among them Rosy Marlette and the principle of helping a friend in need. Rosy is caught in an art swindle masterminded by B. Ansley Sams, a former Wall Street inside trader and ex-con. Sams has only one asset: a slow-witted but very mean enforcer. Brakebill is his name and he is meaner than Hitler’s priest, so they say. When Charlie goes up against Sams and Brakebill, it’s an alley-cat fight to the finish, with Rosy and survival the two prizes.