Introduction: Chief Inspector Parker arrives at Ravencourt
Chief Inspector Parker of Scotland Yard clung to the rail of the boat - and his lunch - as the vessel heaved in the storm surge. He could just make out the blob of a dark island in the strong shape of Ravencourt Castle.
Lord North Vandernot of Ravencourt Castle had died recently - very recently. His heiress was a young American named May Vandernot. And, according to the family solicitor, someone was willing to kill her.
Before Parker could get specifics from the man, the phone had gone dead. and so he had taken the next train up from London. What else could the Chief Inspector of Scotland Yard do?
Thanks to the storm, he had barely had time to send in a call to the local constable requesting information and to hire the last possible boat out. alone, he would have to sniff out the would-be murderer and incapacitate him until help could arrive.
He found out he was quite looking forward to it.