Jim Winters and his young sister Erica left for England with their mother Genevieve to visit Genevieve's 2nd cousin Abbey. Edward Winters, the father, is an elusive character most of the book having separated from the family approximately a year before the visit to England. Jim, age 15 years, is a somewhat rebellious adolescent who doesn't want to follow in his father's footsteps working for the government. He instead has aspirations of being a chef. Little sister Erica, 9 years, is a "typical" younger sister sometimes bugging her older brother with word games.
Genevieve is kidnapped by the bad guys as soon as they arrive in England. One of Edward's friends shows up at times to help Jim and Erica to find their mother although they are separated from Lionel who is not much help.
They start searching for Genevieve. They end up in Tuscany, Venice and Switzerland evading bad guys. Reena is a young girl who helps since she had met the Dad, Edward. Reena teaches them how to find truffles. Her mother is a cook sharing some of her food and recipes with Jim.
Lots of twists and turns until the end.
I enjoyed the story and the characters and will introduce the book to some of my grandchildren.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)