Convalescing after having been shot after her last adventure, Margo Fontaine lounges by her cousin's pond when she opens her eyes and notices a dead body floating among the duckweed.
On a cold winter morning, tourists discover the body of the most beautiful girl they had ever seen, hanging from a noose from a tree. There are no footprints on the snow around the tree.
A terrible storm floods the hallways of the Pirate Bay Inn and Hotel, uncovering a terrible secret: the bones of the victims of Sir Francis Drake, sacrified to his lust for magic.
After many years of wondering how her famous Opera singer mother died, Margo Fontaine unexpectedly comes across a clue that helps her solve her mother's murder.