Quick's quirky heroines and stoic heroes are at the fore in her latest outing. Concordia Glade figures out almost immediately that her new position as tutor to four orphaned girls isn't quite on the level. Isolated in a remote castle, they soon realize that escape, however daring, is their only recourse. However, Concordia doesn't bargain on private investigator Ambrose Wells. Wells's latest case has led him to the castle, where the escape is already in progress, and he finds himself sucked into the maelstrom, surprisingly pleased to be there.