Dido Twite is back. But as soon as she sets food on English soil, mischief awaits. While her friend Captain Hughes recovers from a carraiage accident, Dido is marooned with the odd inhabitants of the Tegleaze estate--strange old Lady Tegleaze, her nephew Tobit, and his wizened, witchy nurse, Sannie. Soon suspicious things happen: a priceless possession is stolen, a boy is kidnapped, a twin sister is found.And when Dido catches a glimpse of her rascally father in Petworth, she is sure she's in the midst of another wicked Hanoverian plot. Can she combat mass hypnotism, smugglers, and a gang of murderers to prevent the plot to put St. Paul's Cathedral in the Thames?