"When Anne Perry put Thomas and Charlotte Pitt on the case, we are in exemplary company." - New York Times. When Charlotte Pitt learns of her mother's distress in losing a locket with a compromising picture, she has no idea that it could lead to murder. Hidden behind the sumptuous elegance of Rutland Place were terrible secrets - secrets so horrifying that only murder could conceal them. The persistence of Thomas and Charlotte puts the popular sleuthing couple in the middle of a chilling, and possibly deadly, puzzle.