A Gem of a Story

Hector Barnes, a middle-aged, confirmed bachelor of the old school, has lived in Singapore for many years, and has devoted his life to building up a world-renowned gem emporium. Much to the delight of his devoted secretary, Jean, he decides to take a rare holiday, and flies to England to spend Christmas on the south coast with two friends, and, hopefully, see his elusive brother, Thomas. However, on arrival in Bournemouth, he is greeted with some shattering news. The aftermath exposes Hector to people and places he had previously abhorred, draws him into life-threatening danger, and forces him to reassess his whole outlook on life.