Fifty years ago, the Murray family lost their prized possession: a fifteenth-century, two-volume Gutenberg Bible—the most valuable books in the world—in dubious and disputed circumstances. Fifty years later, grandson, Johnny Murray, discovers where his legacy now lies. And drunk on the heady aroma of vengeance, blended with the prospect of a multi-million-pound payday, Johnny resolves to retrieve it, no matter what. But Johnny’s actions ripple down through his family when the recent keeper of the bibles retaliates to the appropriation. Not only Johnny, but also his wife and son, become targets as the ex-custodian escalates his response from malice to mayhem and murder in his attempts to recover the books and establish his own legal title to them. But, whoever wins has a problem. Have they been seized from the rightful owner? If so, can he risk the law ever taking the side of a thief?