July, 1840. Did young Jack Picton, a known rebel and political agitator, kill governess Mary Marsh? Private investigator Liberty Lane has left London for Cheltenham to find out, sharing the magistrate's doubts. Picton is, however, hiding something, but what? As Liberty is about to discover, behind Cheltenham's genteel facçade lies a hotbed of vice. It is a place where the poor are driven to desperate lengths to escape the horror of the workhouse, a place which is harbouring a ruthless killer. Can Liberty uncover the truth in time?