Set against the turbulent events in Gibraltar in 1802 when a mutiny threatens, and the personal difficultiesin the Bresciano household, a domestic mystery unfolds. A house is being demolished and an unbburied skeleton is discovered in the cellar. Bresciano is called to investigate, but, four years after the event, how can he assertain the cause of deah? Helped and hindered by his volatile and passionate Cousin Umberto, newly arrived from GEnoa, Bresciano sets about teasing out the truth. He succeeds- a bitter victory-only to be faced with a second victim.