'A hundred thousand dragons lie, underneath an Arabian sky.' How do a few lines of poetry, a chance encounter in a London hotel, and a death in Sussex lead to a lost city of Arabia, and to the tombs of the Whispering Dead? Jack Haldean has evaded the truth for years, but now, enmeshed in the web of murder, theft and deception, he must find the answer and face up to the truth - a truth as deadly as any dragon.
Jack Haldean investigates the disappearance of Mark Helston, a rising star of a large coffee company, who left his apartment and disappeared, and the subsequent deaths of some of the missing person's family.
In 1924, Charles Otterbourne's New Century company should have been the perfect partner for Professor Alan Carrington's radical new gramophone. But when murder is the result of their meeting at a London hotel, Jack Haldean takes up the case, in a desperate bid to save a man from the gallows.