The story opens with two men flying on a plane that's landing in New York City. The duo is lead by a tall man with a moustache, his comapnion, Hadji, is a short, fat fellow. Before the craft lands, the moustached man explains that he's delighted to have finally found the idol that he's been searching for. The object is located at "Second Time Around," a name that should ring some bells for readers, as it's April's antique store. Hadji asks if his partner plans to buy the statue, and he's told that it must be stolen.