'This story's about greed, desire, love and death - in the world of antiques you get the lot.' Lovejoy knows what he's talking about, for he is an antiques dealer himself with an irreverent inside view of the trade. He'll handle anything and everything, but his speciality is flintlock pistols. When he is approached by a rich, but obviously naive, collector with the request to obtain for him a pair so rare that the trade even doubts their existence, Lovejoy can only laugh. 'But the Judas Pair do exist,' cries the client. 'I've seen them. They killed my brother.' As Lovejoy embarks on the trail of both a murderer and a uniquely valuable pair of pistols, it is the beginning of a duel to the death.