Poor Marcus Didius Falco: The two shiftless contractors working on his new Roman bathhouse have left him with a horrible smell emanating from the below-ground furnace, and some gruesome site debris. Meanwhile, the king of the Atrebtes tribe in faraway Britannia is planning his own home imnprovements. But the spectuacular Fishbourne Palace he is building is beset by numerous financial problems, not to mention the accidents that seem to plague the construction site. Enter P.O. Falco to investigate and make things right. But trouble starts anew when his favorite contractors from Rome appear on the scene, and Falco realizes that someone with murderous intentions is now after him -- Back cover.