A gentleman adventurer hires a lady’s paid companion to help him catch a member of a secret society whose crimes include arson, theft and murder.
Edison Stokes, wealthy son of an aristocrat, is a man of mystery. He’s been called a bastard and not just because his parents, both dead, were never married. His closest living relative, his grandmother, blames him for his father’s mistakes. No one is quite certain how he made his fortune and he’s a member of a secret society. But whatever else he may have done, Edison is a man who succeeds at whatever he sets out to accomplish. When his old mentor asks him to he find an ancient book that has been stolen, Edison agrees. The trail to the artifact leads to a woman of means, who might or might not be a lady.
Emma Greyson, a lady’s maid, is a little short of funds at the moment. So when Edison offers her a rather unusual job, she is in no position to refuse. Her new employer is eccentric; but, Emma has worked for worse. At least he pays well. The job he wants her to do is not really illegal, only slightly immoral and only dangerous if she gets careless. All she has to do is keep her eyes and ears open and tell Edison if she sees or hears anything suspicious. That sounds simple enough. Until she discovered the dead body, everything was going fine.When Edison told her he’d be willing to pay extra for any inconvenience, Emma should have asked him to be more specific.