When Annabel Aitken, the spoiled and beautiful daughter of an influential politician, goes missing, her distraught family can’t work out whether she’s eloped or been kidnapped. In desperation they turn to Lord Torbay and his group of Victorian vigilantes to help find her – or at least discover her fate.
Jake enlists the help of political aide Roscoe Floyd, Lord Glynde, whose blossoming romantic interest in Annabel’s older sister Jemima makes the case a very personal one for him. Connections to arrogant political usurper Fergus Quinn soon become apparent, and the delicate problem of the Irish Question rears its ugly head in a game of ruthless political one-upmanship, blackmail and the destruction of careers and reputations.
Can Jake and Ros keep a lid on this potential powderkeg as they hunt for Annabel and try to uncover the real reason for her disappearance? Set against the rigid structure of elite nineteenth century Victorian society, their search must be played out according to the rules of the aristocracy – but not everyone is playing by those rules.