Two American children summering in an unexpectedly grim and commercialized Provence discover a cache of pagan gold and set in motion a comedy of misrepresented real estate, mistaken identity, and misplaced ambition. Vivian Hart, dismissed from her job lecturing on sex in art at a community college, moves with her family to an ancient stone farmhouse in a village bulldozed long ago to make way for a highway. Vivian wants to be a famous eco-feminist art critic. Her husband Richard yearns to purge his photographs of the curse of prettiness. For their children, Justin and Lily, the summer is a nightmare of boredom and neglect. The house is dark and damp. There are scorpions in the swimming pool, and their parents are gone all the time. There's really nothing at all to do but dredge some funny looking old jewelry from the muck at the bottom of a nearby pond and sell it to their new friend, Marcel. When the artifacts begin turning up at roadside flea markets the expatriate art community scrambles totrack down its source. As paths cross and ambition tangles with the age-old village tradition of gleefully fleecing the outsiders, dreams come true in ways no one had expected. Fool's Gold is a hilarious comedy of pretension and greed, an acid retort to anyone under the spell of sunny vineyards and colorful peasants, from Manet to Peter Mayle.Smith, Jane S. is the author of 'Fool's Gold - Jane S. Smith - Hardcover - 1 ED' with ISBN 9781581950199 and ISBN 1581950195.