The Greek island of Thiminos seems untroubled by the modern world, so when the battered body of a young woman is discovered at the foot of a cliff, the local police quickly dismiss her death as an accident. Refusing to accept their findings, Hermes Diaktoros sets out to uncover the truth.
Gabrilis Kaloyeros is a beekeeper on the Greek island of Arcadia. The ruined Temple of Apollo has been in his care for decades, and he has worked to protect it. But when crooked developers take over the island and the value of the land soars, he is persuaded through unscrupulous means to sign away his interest.
A jilted bride weeps on an empty beach. A local doctor is attacked in an isolated churchyard. Trouble arrives at a bad time to the backwater village of Morfi, just as the community is making headlines with a visit from a high-ranking government minister. Fortunately, where there's trouble, there's Hermes Diaktoros, the mysterious fat man whose tennis shoes are always pristine and whose investigative methods are always unorthodox. Hermes must investigate...
Hermes Diaktoros visits a remote island which is home to an ancient icon famed for its miraculous powers. But something about the Virgin troubles him, and he calls on an old friend to confirm his suspicions. Ready to hand the matter over to the authorities, Hermes intends to leave - until the island's icon painter is found dead at sea.