A string of unexplained, gruesome deaths brings fear and uncertainty to the streets of Ruritania’s capital.
And it could not have happened at a worse time. The planned visit by the Vice Chancellor of Jermania to commence peace talks is thrown into jeopardy. Will all the preparation for the negotiations come to nothing? Will the brutal war between the two nations escalate once again?
Meanwhile, the spate of thefts from wealthy homes continues. Who is responsible? And how can they be stopped?
And who is the mysterious figure who continually gains illegal access to the city apothecary?
With many conflicting and intertwining agendas, this proud and noble city faces the very real danger of becoming a nest of vipers.