They are titans of talent and ego: six world-famous architects brought to Renzo Piruzzi's magnificent Italian villa to engage in an extraordinary competition. The prize: $5 million-and a priceless architectural text. Unfortunately, the competitors aren't getting their designs off the table. Instead, they're starting to die.
Professor Jamie Ramsgill, hired by Piruzzi to oversee the contest, refuses to believe the deaths are coincidental, and is now desperately trying to Aid ,a killer among the ornate colonnades, porticos, and seven pavilions of Piruzzi's palace. With peacocks strutting in the sun and the Alps rising in the distance, it's the perfect setting for a masterpiece of multiple homicide-by a murderer with a breathtaking blueprint of his own.