In this novel we meet once again all the extemporaneous group of friends who live in a farm on the Tuscany hills, near Arezzo.
William and Peter keep on running their fashionable restaurant and their charming B&B. Reginald and Ellie are enjoying their married life and everything seem to be quiet, serene and a bit monotonous in the peaceful village of Capacciano.
A serendipitous encounter with Maresciallo Ciricola, who has just been transferred to Capacciano to be in command of the local Carabinieri station, after the retirement of his predecessor, opens the way to a new friendship.
But the talents of the valiant amateur detective of the farm "L'Oliveto" is challenged by a new case, which they are asked to solve. Two years earlier, Iris Ciancaleoni, the best friend of Loredana Sanchini, the mayor's wife, committed suicide during a cruise, throwing herself from the balcony of her luxurious, first class cabin and disappearing into the Atlantic Ocean. Loredana is tormented by doubts and she still cannot believe that her friend could kill herself, even though the case is considered officially close, after an accurate investigation. Her husband, in spite of the deep love and esteem he feels for her, cannot take Loredana's doubts seriously. The only people who can help her to clear up the mystery about Iris' death are the owners of the farm and their friends. In the village everybody knows the fundamental role they had in solving an awful story about a murdered girl, for which one fellow citizen, Giorgio Cini the photographer, was groundlessly charged. William and Peter agree with Mrs Sanchini that there is something fishy in her friend's presumed suicide and they start investigating their own way, helped by their friends. Unexpectedly, the Russian business woman, who we met in the former instalment of this series, Lyubov Orlova, landed to Tuscany again and she contributes to stir things up. Other events grow intertwined with each other. People who seemed to be disappeared come back and others leave forever.
All the characters will celebrate a very unusual Christmas, but once again. William, Peter and Reginald will find the thread to settle all for the best…maybe only temporarily. Who knows?