Henry Matson is shot dead as he explains to the Saint that he has been made to steal blueprints of satellites from the factory where he works, though the factory owner ultimately tells the Saint that he has no knowledge of the thefts. However, as the Saint is driving away from the factory someone tries to force him off the road. The trail leads to a club frequented by Matson, the Blue Goose, and the glamorous hostess Magda Vanoff who warns him to be careful. He is next contacted by a man called Vashetti who says he can offer the Saint information as to Matson's ...
A film is being made about the Saint and the producer Byron Ufferlitz wants him to play himself, to the annoyance of Orland Flane, the contracted leading man. When Ufferlitz is murdered Orland is the prime suspect but the Saint finds out that many of the cast and crew also had good reason to see him out of the way.
Judith Northwade approaches the Saint for his help. Her uncle, the ruthless tycoon Burt Northwade is planning to market a new production engine but Judith insists that he has stolen the design from her father, whom he envies for being able to have a child. She persuades the Saint to break into Burt's house and steal the plans for her.
Whilst in Mexico the Saint agrees to accompany Teresa into the mountains to try and locate her husband, a man who was wanted by the police for an attempted political assassination. Here they are taken prisoner by El Rojo, the leader of the local rebels, who has a secret of his own.
Having told the Saint that she has just seen her husband who is supposed to be abroad, Mrs. Ellshaw is murdered. She was once the secretary to Sir John Ripwell and, at a house party attended by the Saint,Sir John is also shot though not seriously.In the event of his death his business would go to his partner, Hugo Meyer and his property to his children Anne and Kenneth, but Kenneth seems to be under the influence of Sir John's secretary, Irelock. Then Kenneth also disappears.
Film star Marcia Landon kills herself after somebody throws acid in her face. Starlet Claire Avery is asked to take over the role that Marcia was to have played in her forthcoming picture but then she receives a note telling her that she too will be disfigured unless she leaves £5000 in an envelope on the film set. The Saint must set a trap to find which of the people connected with the film has caused Marcia's death and is aiming to harm Claire.
An Algerian rebel leader goes to Paris to sell forged American bearer bonds to help fund Algerian resistance to the French, but his go-between is killed and suspicion falls on a friend of the Saint. Going to his rescue the Saint discovers that the forgeries are the work of a master-counterfeiter who was supposed to have died some years earlier and sets out to find out where he is hiding with the plates that produced this 'work of art'.
Iris Lansing is a bad actress whose plays are financed by her criminal husband Rick who runs a protection racket and has caused the death of an elderly shop-keeper who has refused to pay him. Lansing receives a call from the Saint threatening to expose him unless he pays him a large sum of money though the Saint denies any part in it. Then a friend of the Saint, an actress called Mary who is also in Iris's play, tells him that her father is being blackmailed, allegedly by him.It is apparent to the Saint that his name is being used in vain. Whilst he hates Lansing he ...
In Rome the Saint discovers that there is a protection racket targeting the local beggars who must relinquish part of their alms to a person known as the 'King of the Beggars'. A young actress, Theresa, has gone undercover as a beggar woman to try and find out the identity of the 'King' and the Saint joins her, also posing as a beggar. He is taken to a hostel run by a kindly American who is a friend of a philanthropic contessa. Staff at the hostel drug him and thugs kidnap Theresa. It is down to the Saint to escape and unmask the so-called king.
The Saint agrees to accompany Alan Uttershaw to the airport with a package of diamonds to be handed over to a security firm. However the real security men are killed and the diamonds handed to impostors. Suspicion falls on Gabriel Linnet, partner of the man to whom the diamonds were to be given, but he is murdered and a suit-case containing £100,000 found in his flat. The Saint overcomes the gangsters sent to subdue him and awaits a meeting with the real mastermind behind the robbery.
A journalist friend of the Saint is murdered whilst working undercover within the newly-revived British Nazi Party. The Saint links up with Lady Valerie who was employed by Kane Luker, the party leader, to lure the young writer to his death. Valerie is in possession of papers given her by the dead man with which she hopes to blackmail Luker but Luker and his followers seize her and the Saint, leaving them to perish in an 'accidental' fire. Can the Saint get them out of this very hot situation?
When George Hackett loses out to the well-connected Sam Purdell in the election of mayor of the town of Seatondean, Hackett is convinced that Purdell is corrupt, and, in the course of looking for proof to back his claim, he is murdered. The Saint, a friend of Sam's family, puts Purdell to the test by offering him a bribe which Purdell angrily refuses. The Saint is now sure that Purdell is in fact honest but being manipulated by another interested party, whom he manages to flush out for a showdown on top of a local building site.
Whilst on a fishing trip in Canada the Saint encounters Professor Mueller. He is being forced to defect to the Russians with a satellite system he has invented in exchange for the release of his family, who are being held hostage. The professor is taken by a middle-man to a remote lake where a sea-plane, piloted by an agent called Netchideff, lands. Netchideff kills the middle-man and is about to leave with the professor but gives the Saint a 'sporting chance' to best him.
When the elderly Mrs. Yarmouth is tricked into handing over church funds by a plausible confidence trickster - or 'bunco artist' - and his wife, the Saint and Mrs. Yarmouth's actress daughter set off in hot pursuit to confront the tricksters and stage a little pantomime of their own to fleece the wrong-doers of their ill-gotten gains and more.
The Saint re-encounters a young friend, Bill Fulton, who loves and is loved by Meryl Vascoe, the sweet daughter of a smug millionaire who forbids her to marry a man with no prospects. Vascoe has an exquisite art collection and a state of the art security system but the Saint bets him that he will be robbed within the week. Assorted opportunists seem likely candidates to deflate Vascoe, including the Saint himself, who has been known to break the law in a good cause, but the ultimate identity of the benevolent burglar is surprising indeed.
The ruler of a Middle Eastern country is killed in a coup and his young son Prince Karim is forced to flee, hiding out with British oil-workers who were loyal to his father. The Saint arrives in the country and, with a handful of Britons, special effects and explosions, concocts a 'wonderful war' to convince the usurpers that they are now under attack.
Lord Yearley, an arrogant aristocrat whose younger wife is two-timing him, is the subject of death threats. When a shot is fired at him and he is nearly killed, his daughter asks the Saint to intervene and find the culprit.
In Buenos Aires the Saint meets an American called Beryl Carrington, whose car is bumped into by that of a charming local, Ramon, who has the damage repaired within the day. Ramon tells Beryl that he has a list of political dissidents out to topple the government in a brief-case which he wants her to smuggle out of the country. She entrusts it to the Saint but when two men attack him for it he suspects that Ramon may be using Beryl for reasons which are far from romantic.
The Saint's married friend Bill is the innocent 'mark' in a scam in which he is set up for blackmail by the seductive Luella, who gets him into a compromising position just in time to be snapped by a photographer and a man claiming to be Luella's husband. Bill is terrified that his less than understanding wife Doris will find out and asks the Saint for help. As a result Luella and her gang find themselves with another victim, though this one is more than ready for them.
Countess Audrey is not only a glittering socialite but a ruthless jewel thief whose chauffeur robs the homes of her wealthy associates whilst she entertains them in her Mayfair house. Her master plan is to organize a cruise for several rich couples, whom she will drug and rob whilst they are at sea. She has recruited a new gang member for this plan. Unfortunately for her he is the Saint.
Denise Dumont heads one of the most successful beauty product firms in France and is a very rich woman. However, she has achieved this by stealing the ideas of her ex-husband,Philippe whom she exploited, taking the credit for herself. He is now broken and ill. The Saint decides that, with the help of Denise's former sister-in-law, he will teach this unfeeling woman a lesson and force her, unknowingly,to contribute to Philippe's welfare.
The Saint reads in a newspaper that wealthy businessman Marvin Chase was badly burnt in a car crash that killed his young assistant Bertram Tamblin. Nora Prescott, a friend of the Saint,works for Chase and is perplexed when he asks her to sell off some of his business interests. She approaches the Saint for his help but is murdered before she can explain further.The Saint assists the police investigating the murder and is surprised that Chase's head and hands are always bandaged. Chase's daughter Ellen confides in the Saint that there was something highly suspicious ...
Chief Inspector Teal is investigating a spate of burglaries which seem to be linked by the presence of a criminal known as the High Fence, who uses the Cosy Corner cafe as his rendezvous. The Saint gets an actress friend, Gaby, to take a job as a waitress at the cafe to keep surveillance on its customers. At the same time Mr. Teal is singularly unimpressed by the performance of Inspector Pryor, who has allowed a suspect to die in custody and to whom the Saint adopts a very disparaging attitude.
In a quiet English village the Saint meets the elderly Warshed sisters who are pillars of the community. Nonetheless they are harboring a dark secret from their past which is exposing them to being blackmailed by one Alfred Powls. When the Saint discovers this he resolves to assist the three gentle ladies and find out the reason for the blackmail.
Married businessman Otis Q. Fennick asks the Saint for his help. He has been set up for a compromising photograph with a scantily-dressed girl. Unbeknown to Otis this has been instigated by his wife Liane as grounds for divorce. Soon, however, the man who took the photograph is found murdered and both the Fennicks are, literally, in the frame along with other suspects who wanted the man dead. It is left to the Saint to solve the mystery.
The Saint goes to Hamburg undercover to intercept a ring of art smugglers. The focus of the ring seems to be Tante Ada's night-club where the star vocalist, Lili, is an ex-girlfriend of the Saint. She is a patient of the sinister Dr. Zellermann, clearly a leading light in the gang. The good doctor pretends to befriend the Saint, aware that the Saint has recently broken into his office looking for clues. He traps the Saint by getting him to admit this fact whilst being overheard by the police and the Saint is consequently arrested.Time is running out for him to see it ...