It is Clara Wintermute’s birthday. A puppet master and his two orphan helpers have come to stage a spellbinding show in the vast, lonely Wintermute house. But that night, when the curtains close and darkness falls, Clara disappears.
The obvious suspects are Lizzie Rose and Parsefall, the two orphans. After all, Clara had everything they didn’t: food, luxury, a loving home. But the reality is far m ore sinister – and the two children may in fact be her only chance of escape. As they begin to unravel the truth, all three are caught up in a deadly struggle between the puppet master and a witch of extraordinary power.