Dara is a three-time award winning documentary film maker. She has only made three films in her life. One won an Oscar. She's very good at what she does.
Xavier is her 6' 8" Afro-American assistant. He is spry for being in his seventies. He too is very good at what he does; which is mainly lust over and look after Dara.
This time around the two are in Africa making a film about modern day pirates on the open seas. Somalia is the pirate capital of the world and they have an abundance of material to choose from to film. When they show up there are over 12 ships being held hostage. Although the pirates have requested more than 300 million dollars in ransom, the pirates have only netted about 30 million.
The two film-makers quickly make friends with a couple of personable pirates , a British secret agent who is overseeing the high seas lunacy for Queen and his country, and a billionaire traveling the world in 2 million dollars yacht with a bottle of expensive champagne in one hand and his trophy blond in the other.
This is Elmore Leonard at his best. Witty, gritty and always entertaining. The dialog is at a sonic pace and the characters are diverse and intriguing. Leonard uses a story-within-a-story technique that is quite creative while he plays around with the narrative.