After stopping a duel between two suitors trying to
win Ginger’s heart, Ima hitches a ride to France in the Doughs’ private jet to
meet her husband for a romantic Christmas in Paris. Unfortunately, the plane
detours to Athens when news comes of an attempted government takeover of
DoughGrecia Industries. After harrowing taxi rides against the traffic on
one-way streets and suffering food poisoning at a restaurant on Piraeus, Ima
begs off from the Doughs. She flies to Rome and begins to drive to Paris. En
route she serendipitously sees Ginger dashing by a café table and Vanna gambling
at a casino.
Once settled in Paris, Ima reads headlines about a
balcony burglar breaking into homes during holiday parties. By accident, she
meets the owner of a ballet school where the burglar is developing more strength
to fly between balconies. Finally, Ima’s husband arrives for their holiday
rendezvous. Sammy, an expert pilot, has to testify at the Paris Peace Conference
about Chinese sorties into Vietnam; but the meetings get postponed. So, Ima and
Sammy enjoy a second honeymoon until the burglar enters their hotel room via the
balcony. With the help of the police, they catch the culprit. Still, this
silverfish slips off from the authorities. When Sammy leaves, Ima resumes tracking the burglar.
She heads to Orleans, thinking the culprit might seek refuge in a Medieval
monastery. Her search then leads down to Montaillou, once a land of heresy.
Climbing into the mountains she meets Zep Leddlin, the rock musician from
Imasode IX. Ima’s head spins with all the details and coincidences in her
From Piraeus to Paris and to the Pyrenees.