Staggering from a bar into a dark, deserted alley, a man is stalked and attacked. Forty years later, December 2007, a letter reaches a Berkeley physics professor telling her that her friend, Cy Fapp, head of a Charleston private detective agency, is now missing. As the story unfolds, these two seemingly unrelated events become linked to the 1938, true-life disappearance of Sicilian physicist Ettore Majorana.
The story is centered in Charleston, South Carolina. Just prior to his disappearance, Cy and his young associates, Jack and Ginger, had taken on four cases that had propelled them down seemingly unrelated paths to a startling number of disappearances over several decades.
Jack and Ginger quickly discover that some disappearances in Charleston are linked to both the disappearance of the famous physicist and Cy's sudden, inexplicable interest in theoretical physics. Could Cy's investigations into parallel universes and the disappearance of the well-known Italian physicist have paid off in unimagined dividends? How are the two cases tied together? Where is Cy? Is a serial killer stalking Charleston?