The Hon Victor Glossop announces he is marrying an American widow, Mrs Nicole Covington, in the colony of Singapore. But things go horribly wrong when Victor is found dead, his body covered in bizarre symbols and betel nut juice. Nicole claims it's her fault he's dead . . . just like the others. And when investigations into her past reveal a dead lover, as well as a husband, the case against her appears to be stacking up. But as Chen Su Lin, Chief Inspector Le Froy's secretarial assistant in Singapore's detective unit, uncovers secrets and further deaths occur, she realises she may not be able to save Nicole's life – or even her own.