A wide receiver for The New England
Phantoms of the NFL is killed by a woman in a late night tryst.
The Phantoms were in an up-swing and looking ahead to a better
year, but this loss throws things out of kilter even though
they've drafted an excellent young receiver out of Florida.
Things appear amiss and the owner, a rich young food entrepreneur,
suspects more than what is seen and calls on the private detective
team of Harry Krisman and Kell Thorn who had previously done
work for him.
We get an insight to the young Florida receiver
on whose shoulders much responsibility might be placed, and
his grandmother, an active woman who has been responsible
for raising him.
There are subsequent deaths of
Phantom players, including one, another wide receiver, who
is the subject of a trade with the Tampa Bay team. Harry Krisman
goes to Florida to investigate, gets knocked on the head by
a mysterious assailant and set adrift tied up in a row boat.
He is missing for a few days and his girlfriend Maxine and
Kell's girlfriend Magnolia head south. Harry gets rescued
by a fisherman, and Maxine and Magnolia are taken captives
by a pair of men and tied up in a building. More than their
health is in danger.
A mysterious woman floats in
the background of the story, with possible contacts with the
assailant and the traded receiver who has been poisoned. She
is difficult to track down.
All paths cross in Florida as
the mysterious woman and the odd assailants are uncovered
by Harry and Kell who are forced to operate individually but
find themselves getting closer together as paths narrow and
as the murderer and associates are revealed.