Melanie Eagleton is staring into the cold waters of Long Island Sound on the deck of the cottage she promised to remake at the death of her best friend. She is also trying to sketch a solution to her latest assignment – redesigning a new inner space for the palace for the last Rajah/Bollywood heart throb as well as the creation of a museum that will depict the lives of the Rajahs royal family. Meanwhile, in a small dark apartment on Roosevelt Island an intense young man is experimenting with creative ways to use various poisons to make a statement about his obsession – the loss of American jobs, especially his, to Indian call centers. Melanie is at a celebration at the Rajah’s palace when the young corporate head of a major call center collapses during Melanie’s visit to his bedroom. Fortunately, she knows who call in case of extreme trauma. She knows Detective Colin St. James Smythe, who worked with her when her late husband was implicated in her best friend’s murder. With a growing romantic interest in the beautiful Melanie, Smythe dashes to Mumbai to investigate. Poison is implicated and is also a factor in four other deaths of call center corporate executives. The young man behind the poisons is obsessed with Melanie, whom he considers his woman. He courts her Long Island, New Jersey, New Delhi, as well as her New York City apartment. He stalks her homes, her airplane flights, and her classroom, where she has begun teaching decorative arts to talented young students. As romance blooms with Smythe, tension builds and conflicts begin to resolve as the obsessive young man becomes a victim of his own creative recipes.