Murder is no respecter of persons. Richard Hayward's promotion and move from the big city life to the sleepy town of Burshill, England has been shattered. Sir John Bury needs a murder solved. The results of Richard's investigation cause a ruckus when several ladies of a particular "class" become part of the inquiry. As the facts begin to unfold, they not only amaze Richard and the community of Burshill but extend all the way to the top brass of Scotland Yard.
"Dazed and confused"
After his surreptitious return from India with his young wife, Antonia, who had contracted leprosy, Doctor Rupert Whitaker (a colonel in the British Army) locks her away in a bedroom at his estate in Devon. Driven by guilt, Doctor Whitaker takes the care of his wife to task while keeping her father and brother at bay and the knowledge of her illness from everyone. As the ghosts from his past return to torment him, and his household retainers discover the truth, Antonia decays in the darkness of her room and the house descends into disorder.