London 1817 – Captain Gabriel Lacey agrees to help a society matrol discover what has become of her stolen diamond necklace, and he recruits Grenville and Lady Breckenridge to assist him. Lacey soon realizes that the problem is not so simple: The question involves scandal and past secrets, going back to the French Revolution and its aftermath. Plus, he finds himself competing with the underworld criminal James Denis for the necklace's retrieval.
September, 1817: Captain Gabriel Lacey travels with Lady Breckenridge to his boyhood home in northern Norfolk only to discover mysterious happenings in and around the Lacey estate. A young woman, cousin of an old friend, has gone missing, strange objects appear in Lacey's ruined house, and the dark windmills on the marshes keep pulling…
This is a 25,000-word (ten-chapter) novella. The events in it occur between end of The Sudbury School Murders and the beginning of A Body in Berkeley Square.
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