Julie Callie, a curator of a small art museum, is distraught. Her startling discovery that more than twenty pieces are missing from the museum´s permanent collection, is an actuality, not a computer error. Since she has reason to suspect that Ed Landers, her boss, may have taken the missing pieces, she is reluctant to tell him what she has unearthed. `Landers knows nothing about computers. Even though he usually insists that staff members have little or nothing to do with trustees, he sends board trustee Roger Denniston to see Julie for answers to the computer questions he posed.
Roger is captivated by Julie. He asks her out. She declines, not wishing to jeopardize her job by flaunting Landers´ rule about staff consorting with trustees. Roger makes an appointment to confer further with her in her office.
Julie, still friends with her erstwhile suitor, Peter Dunlap, a lawyer, asks his advice on how to reveal what she has learned about the missing pieces and her suspicions of Landers. Peter warns her she may be in danger.
Julie learns Roger is president of an American? British import?export firm, lives in Manhattan, owns a warehouse in New Jersey and, was invited to be a museum trustee by Craig Smith, president of the board of trustees. Smith promised Roger a special museum exhibition of his collection of antique British cottage crafts, once Landers okays it. Roger asks Julie to help him shop for a computer.
Julie and her colleague at the museum, Jerry Schaefer, and her secretary Shurl Harper, discover forgeries in the permanent collection, as well as missing pieces.
Over the next few weeks, after she presents the report of the missing pieces and the forgeries to the board, Julie’s office is trashed, computer disks are ruined, her tires are slashed, she is mugged and her purse and credit cards are stolen.
Julie’s relationship with Roger burgeons in spite of Lander’s rules. However, she doesn’t completely trust the fact that he is not involved with the museum thefts.
Roger is involved, but as a victim rather than a thief. He and Julie bond strongly. Landers learns of this and gives Julie two weeks notice. She is distraught.
Detectives are hired, and one of them is injured. Julie is arrested for this assault, but quickly cleared.
Roger’s old girl friend, his English grandparents, a smuggling operation, and a threat to the continued existence of the museum are all challenges Julie must deal with, even though she has been fired. It is Julie and her staff who finally get to the bottom of the mystery and help to apprehend the guilty party.
This is a mystery , fraught with danger, but without a murder.