When Charles Treacher, archaeologist, presents his brother Arthur, a photographer, with the gift of a fortune cookie for his birthday, a course of action is set into motion that neither could have predicted. In the summer of 1922, Charles is the one who is accustomed to adventures, following in the footsteps of their father, Joseph Treacher. Arthur is content with his life in his childhood home in upstate New York, seeking out the perfect subject for his photographs. Just as a fortune cookie crumbles, so too do Arthur's plans. When Charles' business partner goes missing, the Treachers hire detectives Eva Grant and her uncle Clarence and a round-the-world caper begins. Why is Arthur haunted by the constant threat of South America and who is the mysterious man who shows up at the soup kitchen his mother, Cora, works in? Not only artifacts are buried in the past. Life is far from the black and white of photography and only time will determine where fortune leads.