A slightly odd read, jumping about between his past & present, I suppose in the way that the wandering mind of the ill does leap abaout. Marshall is dying, and he knows this. There are a few items left on his outstanding list, one of which is to complete his stamp collection. This he sort of inherited from his father, who'd left everything to his sister in his will. Marshall strikes a deal with Sylvia, that he'll just have the cartons in the attic, she can have everything else. Turns out the cartons contain a mass of treasures, probably worth more than the rest put together, but where did it come from? Well it possibly wasn't obtained legally... One carton includes the stamp collection, which it becomes Marshall's aim to complete. He's almost there, but can't travel to collect the outstanding items himself. This sets in motion a train of (slightly unlikely) events, in which the last 3 sets of stamps are obtained, but at some cost, not just financial. Marshall doesn't come out of this as a very nice character, too selfish and obsessed to think that other people might have their own aim in life, and not want to do his bidding. It's his niece & nephew who come out best, trying to tidy up & do the right thing at the end.