A famous Brazilian novelist has disappeared. Beatriz Yagoda was last seen climbing into an almond tree, puffing on a cigar and holding a suitcase. She’s since vanished. Upon hearing this news, her American translator Emma flies immediately to Brazil to join Beatriz’s two grown children in solving the mystery of the author’s curious disappearance. But in the sticky, sugary heat of Rio, the trio soon discovers the bizarre and troubling affairs Beatriz has left in her wake.