Synopsis by Clarke Fountain
Although they are not shipwrecked like the ancient Phoenicians and Greeks who have left their artifacts scattered across this Sicilian island and under the ocean offshore, all the characters in this tragic drama find themselves in strange and unwelcoming territory. In the story, Iano runs the little museum where tourists may view the various Classical and pre-Classical objects turned up by archaeologists on or near the island of Mozia, off the coast of Sicily. Iano also keeps careful watch over his much-too-sexy daughter Iole, with a view to keeping her from harm. However, he must work sometime, and that is precisely when the sneaky girl arranges her trysts with Ioio, a mainlander whose slightly criminal bent leads him to seek out undiscovered antiquities on the island and sell them to an even more unscrupulous aristocrat, who dotes on old stuff. When the aristocrat ropes Ioio into a scheme to steal the museum's star attraction and sell it in order to pay off the older man's gambling debts, tragedy results.