Precious icons are being stolen from monasteries and churches around Greece. Captain Yannis Lavonis is the veteran police officer recruited to discover the thieves and recover the precious national treasures. He has been chosen because his English is good, and it is assumed that the icons are going west to American buyers. Soon, however, Yannis is in Moscow meeting his old and bitter father, who knows more than he should. The trail leads far to the north, where the thieves have interests in the icons well beyond their profit.