John Drake visits the tiny nation of San Pablo to investigate an apparent suicide. The victim, Winfield, was a US treasury representative with a reputation for spending lavishly on women and gambling. That reputation is debunked by, non other than, Winfield’s wife, who also informs Drake that Winfield made mention of a big discovery just before disappearing. Drake is able to prove that Winfield was murdered and that the Minister of Police was complicit in his death. He takes his case to the Minister of Finance, only to discover that he too cannot be trusted.