"An afternoon of innocent adventure becomes one of gruesome terror when two playmates uncover the body of a young girl. The body is that of ten-year-old Aline, who had gone missing six years ago. Baldwin Furnshill, Keeper of the king's peace, and his friend, Bailiff Simon Puttock, are summoned to investigate the death, and soon disover that Aline is not the only young girl to have been murdered in recent years. The villagers have been concealing not only a serial killer, but, judging by the state of the bodies, a cannibal. If the rumours are to be believed, it could even be a vampire! That would explain the haunted looks in the eyes of so many villagers, and the strange noises heard late at night from the Sticklepath cemetery." -- from the publisher.