In a Los Angeles that is something like ours - but in which magic has become an integral part of society - P.I. Turner Cronyn doesn't know why he's being threatened by a supernatural being. Does it have anything to do with the fact that zombies looking like him are turning up all over town?
In a Los Angeles that is something like ours - but in which magic has become an integral part of society - P.I. Turner Cronyn and a beautiful woman named Astraea Scales investigate the theft of Big Al (the Triton)'s conch shell horn, which not only plays beautiful music at the Triton Club, but also has magical properties that could inundate greater L.A. And the villain appears to be the last of the surviving race of Sirens (of Circe fame), who still wants revenge on the Greek hero Jason!
"I forced myself to finish it"
In the front room of the house with two front doors, Watson Conqruent's father sells souvenirs from the long-canceled TV show, The Adventures of Captain Conquer. In the back room, his father is building a "motivator" like the one that powered the Captain's huge stratoship, the Great Auk. And out front, a mysterious excavation grows larger every day, under the direction of the sinister Charlesville Planning Commissioners. Then one day, Watson comes home from school, only to find both house and father vanished.