"Lucy Harrington has returned to Kurland St. Mary to help with her friend Sophia Giffin's wedding. But her homecoming is made disagreeable by the presence of Major Robert Kurland, whose bungled proposal has ruffled Lucy's composure, and Mrs. Chingsford, who has designs on her father, the village rector. Any courtship is curtailed when the meddling widow is found dead at the bottom of a staircase. In hopes of finding the culprit, Lucy and Robert call a truce and begin scrutinizing the wedding guests. But Mrs. Chingsford left behind plenty of enemies, and when one of them is the next to turn up dead, Lucy and Robert discover that the truth is more scandalous than anyone could have imagined..."