Charlie Laird’s life is falling apart. Having lost his mother to an unexpected illness, Charlie has recently had to re-adjust to life since his Dad’s new marriage meant moving into the strange purple mansion on the edge of Cypress Creek. Since the move Charlie couldn’t be less happy.
Since the adventures of The Screaming Staircase, life hasn't exactly slowed down for Lockwood, George and Lucy. Having received notable fame after their last exploits the trio have had case after case headed their way.
Cal has always been warned by his father that magicians are dangerous, and that at all costs Cal must hide his talent and not be accepted by the formidable Magisterium. Despite Cal's best efforts to fail he is taken to be trained in using the magical elements.