""The reader can sense in the writing that this period in the wonderful city of Paris is a passion for the writer." "
On a cloudy May day, crowds await the arrival of Buffalo Bill to Paris. Among the crowds is a man called Jean Mering who stands to catch a glimpse of his hero while he visits the Exposition. Suddenly, Jean feels what can only be described as a bee sting on his neck. The next moment he is losing consciousness and is soon dead on the station platform.
Some weeks later, on a hot June day, Eugenie Patinot is taking her niece and two nephews to the brand new Eiffel Tower, home to the 1889 Universal Exposition. As the children enjoy themselves, Eugenie melts in the heat and has to take a seat. When the children return – she is dead – from a bee sting. Soon, a bookshop owner named Victor Legris is caught up in the drama that claims even more victims. Victor's loyalties are stretched as the man he calls his father and a woman he has fallen in love with court his suspicion as the drama unfolds.