Haunted by the mysterious disappearance of his mother in India, a dapper young fox is plunged into the Tournament in Shadows where Tzarist Russia and Victorian England duel for power over the steppes of remotest Asia.
Theo shifted uneasily in his new suit. His fingers followed the folds of an envelope inside a hidden pocket. The letter from his Uncle Mattheus arrived nearly two months prior, just days before he graduated from the Academy.
Inside was an offer for free passage home to Calcutta. There was one caveat — he must halt here in Galle to meet his uncle. Tell no one, especially not your father, it had warned. Beneath his uncle’s shaky signature, was the traced outline of an ordinary key.
There was no explanation, and Theo didn’t need one. He knew the key would unlock his most precious possession, a trunk inherited from his mother. This was his plan: meet uncle, get key, return to ship — simple, or so he thought.