All Dan and Laure wanted was to acquire some good Napa/Sonoma wine. Unfortunately, this was during the Prohibition era (1920 - 1933) and it was technically illegal. The Prohibition era was filled with mayhem, with people trying to get booze and wine and those trying to catch them. But it wasn't just the government trying to catch them, there were other people seeking hooch, tiger piss, coffin varnish or any of the colorful names for alcoholic beverages, and these people often decided it was easier to steal contraband from someone else who was trying to do the same thing. This of course leads to trickery, deception, threats, kidnapping, hijacking and violence. Combine that with other persons unknown who seemingly want only to do harm to Dan and Laure for sinister reasons of their own, and our intrepid pair either has to respond in kind or just slink away and go home, forfeiting all that they had accomplished. They were not gangsters accustomed to the violence of the trade, just a couple of young people trying to get their lives on track. But they were not quitters and they did not like to lose. At first it was all they could do to just defend themselves. Then a side trip to Hollywood turned their lives upside down in ways that had nothing to do with Prohibition. Dan and Laure learned quickly and made some unique friends. Then it was time to return home from California. That's when the fun and danger goes from an 8 on a scale of 10 all the way up to an 11. There's plenty of action and the plot thickens when Dan and Laure's relationship faces difficult choices.
Check back next week for Part Three, Lust.