Society's eligible women are in mourning, as Lord Peter Wimsey has married at last. Having finally succeeded in his ardent pursuit of the lovely Harriet Vane, they depart for a tranquil honeymoon in a country farmhouse. But the couple's newly wedded peace is shattered when the dead body of the previous owner is found in the cellar. Why would anyone have wanted to kill old Mr. Noakes? What dark secrets was he hiding?