Calgary architect and philanthropist Livingston Alberti, estranged son of the great architect Albert Alberti, has a tumour in his head. His time is up, doctors tell him, but he keeps quiet. He wants his daughter Melonie back. He needs to tell her this story, what he and the Alberti family have done, how they got into this mess, so Melonie can live her life clear and free. But Livingston has another problem: his lifelong friend, Detective Wood, names him the prime suspect in the collapse of his father Albert’s architectural masterpiece, the Sandstone Novella, in which Albert’s body is allegedly found, and in the gruesome de-thumbing of a rival architect.