The year is 1946. Chicago private eye Joe Ganzer, a haunted former WWII espionage agent, is about to take a case he doesn't want from a mysterious Russian beauty he doesn't trust to locate an uncle whose story he doesn't believe. And a friend from his past, a two-time loser, will ask Joe to get him out of a treacherous jam. If he helps him, they may both end up dead. Dark days are about to descend on Joe Ganzer. He will become tangled in a web of espionage and stolen booze and stolen art and murder-- and he will come face to face with the legendary Maltese Falcon.