While attending the annual conference of the National Association for Catering & Events in New Orleans, caterer, event designer, and former Army Ranger Wilhelmina "Billie" Penelope Malone attends an estate sale, and can't resist buying a magnificent topaz brooch.
Later in the day, while admiring her purchase, she triggers the magic, is whisked back in time to New Orleans in 1814, encounters French pirate Jean Lafitte, and is drawn into the Battle of New Orleans.
When Rick O'Grady contacts Wilhelmina's company to discuss catering an upcoming event at Montgomery Winery, he's told she disappeared from her hotel room. Using the full resources of MacKlenna Corporation, the clan discovers she purchased a brooch from an estate sale. Now, they'll have to figure out where the topaz has taken her?
Rick is on board to go, but will anyone else volunteer? There might be one, and she's the most experienced time traveler in the clan. Or is she?