It must have been a hell of a night, if only Victor Carl could remember it. One moment he is having a drink in his neighborhood bar and the next he awakens on the floor of his apartment building's vestibule, his suit in tatters, his socks missing, his eyebrows singed, and a stinging pain he can't identify. When he strips off his shirt, he finds a bandage on his chest. Underneath is a tattoo of a heart and a rose and a name: CHANTAL ADAIR. So begins the hunt. It leads him to a strip club, where a dancer named Monica Adair uses the stage name of Chantal. Chantal is her sister, who disappeared years before. This comes as Victor is in the midst of delicate negotiations to broker a deal for a ex-con who wants to come in out of the cold and has a stolen Rembrandt painting to grease the way.