2013. Much of the world still reels from the global economic collapse, yet in the auction rooms of London artworks are selling for record-breaking prices. Martin, a junior specialist at a prestigious auction house, spends his days catering to the whims of obscenely wealthy clients and his nights drinking in grubby pubs. A chance meeting with Marina, an old university friend, whose husband, Oleg, is an art-collecting oligarch. Chafing against his diminishing influence in his homeland, Oleg appears ready to relinquish his priceless art collection long coveted by London’s auction houses– and Martin is determined to secure the sale and transform his career. — adapted from jacket