Scandal hits the staid publishing house of Barnabas when one of the directors is found dead in the strong-room. Suspicion immediately falls on his wifes lover, the junior partner in the firm. But how does an unpublished Restoration comedy come to feature in the tragedy? And what of the odd disappearance of another director twenty years before? The trial of Mike Wedgwood for murder is nail-bitingly tense, and Campion needs all his resources to uncover the truth.