From the pink cliffs of Brittany to the painted wagons of Sicily, from the slums of Paris to the medieval estates of Europe, this romantic adventure moves at breakneck speed through a land of crime, love and deception. The kidnapping of beautiful French actress, Chantal Armand, forms the hub of a wheel around which art and science, sacrifice and arrogance, love and hate spin at a dizzying pace. The Poppy Broker leads us into the world of Tommaso Scalzone, a man as brilliant as he is glacial; a man who has masterminded a plot to associate Al Qaeda with the Mafia. His hunger for Chantal spawns an unforgettable cast of characters? Nadja, a sexy teenage runaway; Don Greco, a Mafia boss with a neck like a stack of tires; and Jean-Francois, an art collector whose love for Chantal leads him on a relentless but seemingly doomed quest to rescue her.