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Mark Manship, chief curator of European art at the Metropolitan Museum in New York, is preparing a major retrospective of the works of Sandro Botticelli. To fill out his exhibition, he must travel throughout the world on a quest to secure many pieces never before displayed. Standing in his way is Count Ludovico Borghini, the insane scion of an ancient Italian family, who is bent on recapturing all Italian art treasures, or - failing that - destroying them. While seeking Manship's undoing, he shreds several magnificent canvases and mounts a campaign of terror in Italy. Manship must hang a major exhibition, survive the vicious politics of the Met, save the direct descendant of Botticelli's chief model, and foil a crazed nationalist. In New York, during the star-studded gala opening, amid the party on the dazzling rooftop gardens, Manship must summon, all at once, every faculty of his being to save everything he cherishes.
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