I'm nine chapters into the final book in the trilogy. Set in 2005, a full 10 years after the events of Conquering Venus, all the characters are in much different places. Much of these early chapters take place in Memphis, where Martin Paige is back to read from his acclaimed collection of poetry. Diane is also there, taking care of her ill father. Meanwhile, Irène is in Paris awaiting Martin's return but is being pursued by a journalist who has uncovered the truth about her late husband and his lover Frederick Dubois and their connections to a government conspiracy. And Martin's boyfriend, Christian, finds his life in danger after he uncovers a plot to assassinate a presidential candidate, who happens to be Christian's old nemesis – former police inspector Michel Arnaud.