Jareth Rondell has been in foster care since shortly after his birth. Now fifteen, aided and abetted by his mentor and best friend, Jean Martin Bouchard, he is studying to become a master thief. Noticed favorably by Ford Langston, Jareth is courted by Ford's company as a potential employee.
Meanwhile, from a villa in Tuscany, Jareth is sought by his great-great-grandfather, who continues to be stymied by Jareth's mother in his efforts to find the boy.
Fates throw Jareth, the Langstons, and another, Rand Mason, into closer contact.
Then, just when things seem to be going well for Jareth, he robs the wrong house...