James's dad Karl brings him a pen and ink set for his birthday. James doesn't even think how he could ever use his dad's gift.
Marvin meets James
(about midnight)Marvin goes up to James's room and leaves a rare coin. Marvin then sees the pen and ink set and draws the scene outside the window.
James takes Marvin to an art museum where Karl meets his old college friend. A lady sees Marvin's drawing and thinks he could be the one to forge a copy of Fortitude.
Monday after school
James, Marvin, and Karl go back to the museum to forge the painting. The two paintings look almost identical.
They set up a plan to have the drawing "stolen" and try to find the other 3 paintings. The real Fortitude wasn't supposed to be used and Marvin's was.
James and Marvin see it for the last time... Maybe
Marvin and James go back to the museum to see the drawing one more time in case it got lost. Marvin relizes that it was the real Fortitude and tries to tell James but doesn't know just how. He climbs the wall and clings to the painting.
The FBI officer
As planned, the FBI officer came and took away the painting. He changed clothes, and set off into the city.
Marvin, still holding on to the painting is in a briefcase going who knows where.
Marvin woke up to see Denny in an apartment room. He had lined the four paintings up next to each other. He got on the phone and to Marvin's amazement, he acted like the loss of the painting was just sheer bad luc k.
Marvin peels off the address on a newspaper and takes it to James. James tracks the address, and gets the four paintings back!