Freelance writer Gretch "Bay" Bayonne attempts to unravel the mystery of why a dedicated family man would abandon his life for no apparent reason. Along the way he encounters movies stars, Nazis, and newspaper tycoons, and barters a banana for a mysterious gold key stolen by a runaway monkey on a walkway atop the magnificent dirigible Graf Zeppelin.
Bay gets sucked into investigating who really blew up the Graf Zeppelin. Everything he knew was wrong. He teams up with legendary columnist Wolf on an international trek that leads them to Cuba and New Orleans. Hollywood in the 1930s would never be the same. It would change the lives of everyone on the planet.
Robert Rivers is an honorable thief who has made a living conducting well-planned heists on the various businesses that dot the idyllic environs of Southern California. But during a routine robbery of a local steakhouse, Rivers comes across something that shakes him from his comfortable existence.