Bennett is an English expatriate living in France with champagne taste and a beer bankroll. Happy-go-lucky, a bit roguish, and almost out of cash, he places an ad in the International Herald Tribune volunteering his services: anything considered except marriage.
He pursues a response from the very, very wealthy Julian Poe, who has developed a simple but slightly illegal scheme to help keep the French tax man away from his door. He has also (although Bennett doesn't know it yet) developed a means of producing truffles, and intends to corner the immensely lucrative truffle market.
Bennett signs on to help Poe with his taxes and soon finds himself in Monaco, living in a style to which he has always wished to become accustomed. But his bubble soon bursts under the weight of Poe's nefarious truffles, and Bennett finds himself involved with Sicilian and Corsican Mafiosi, crooked gendarmes, an order of monks dedicated to the god Bacchus -- and the beautiful, sexy Anna Hersh, who's supposed to help Bennett, but who has her own agenda for this affaire that may be hazardous to the health of both of them.