Paris, 1761. Nicolas Le Flock is tasked to investigate the mysterious disappearance of Lardy, the Commissioner. Murder, suicide or jailbreaking? In the course of the inquiry Nicolas, who is rather inexperienced, will face dark secrets and violent talk that will take him to the king himself, and his favorite Madame de Pompadour. The author describes in detail the meals consumed by Nicholas and his friends, familiarizing us with the taste of Parisian gourmet three centuries ago. This novel is an investigation that brings the Paris of the eighteenth century, its atmosphere, its streets, passers-by, its rites, its crimes and mysteries.