On his return to Venice from Cyprus, maverick merchant adventurer Niccolo meets with a wary reception from his bank, followed by a mysterious attack by one of his numerous enemies. To save himself from danger and to protect his company from bankruptcy, Niccolo embarks on a crusade of his own, in search of legendary wealth. He will journey to the fabled land of Prester John, in the heart of Africa, in search of the River Gold. En route Niccolo encounters new enemies and old adversaries: the sinister Raffaelo Doria of the Vatachino, Gelis van Borselen - the sister of the woman he loved - and the seductive but perilous beauty of the wild continent itself. Scales of Gold is volume four in the House of Niccolo Series.
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