Dutch regularly works as a mover: boxes, furniture, all the clutter of everyday life. But he once helped the Mayor solve a problem with squatters. Dutch removed them from the Mayor’s properties through a combination of force and what Dutch liked to think of as charm. Since then, Dutch has become the Mayor’s ad hoc factotum and troubleshooter for delicate situations.

Now the Mayor has called for help from both Dutch and Mrs. Medina, who is the Mayor’s former wife and a professional chef. While married to the Mayor, Mrs. Medina had effectively served as co-mayor: rational and practical in the face of her husband’s numerous erratic and far-fetched plans.

For fifteen years, Dutch and Mrs. Medina have been mere acquaintances, people who nod to each other on their way elsewhere. Now, though, they will come into close contact in close quarters...