A beautiful and resourceful Parisian showgirl is thrust into the cutthroat world of international espionage at the turn of the nineteenth century.
When a mysterious and alluring portrait is delivered to Parisian showgirl Pigalle, it signals the beginning of a deadly quest for the portrait’s secrets that will not only change her life, but possibly the world itself.
As the 19th Century is enters its twilight years, the empire states’ of Europe are vying for mastery. Grown rich and powerful on the technological innovations of the Industrial Revolution, agents are involved in subterfuge all over the globe as nations’ seek a strategic edge.
In Montmartre, Parisian showgirl Pigalle De Vere is delivered a portrait with links to her own past and the parents she never knew. The trouble is, it also contains the key to discovering not just a fabled treasure, but the last work of a recently murdered British military inventor. Once snippets of intrigue about the implausible weapon he was working on surface, the race is on, and Pigalle, joined by the dashing but untrustworthy adventurer Chester Albany, soon finds herself thrust into a deadly game of intrigue.
Dogging her every step is the terrifying Emma Van Stark, head of a powerful cabal intent on harnessing acquiring new technology in order to build their influence.