You want money? You scam it. You want sex? You take it. You want talent? You steal it. That's what conment do. Nikolas Strakhan was born to live by his wits. From his father, an emigre Russian count in Paris, he inherits his charm. His talent for music comes from his mother, an uppercrust beauty from Illinois. Young Nikolas resolves to become a great concert pianist - but he isn't quite giftedenough to reach the heights - there's no heart in his playing - and all his wit and ruthlessness aren't enough to overcome the void. So he strikes a bargain. With the devil? Who knows?