Nicky Marlow needs a job. Hes engaged to be married and the employment market is pretty slim in Britain in 1937. So when his fianc points out the Spartacus Machine Tool notice, he jumps at the chance. After all, he speaks Italian and he figures hell be able to endure Milan for a year, long enough to save some money. Soon after he arrives, however, he learns the sinister truth of his predecessors death and finds himself courted by two agents with dangerously different agendas. In the process, Marlow realizes its not so simple to just do the job hes paid to do in fascist Italy on the eve of a world war.