Mrs. Temperance Dews, a widow, operates the Home for Unfortunate Infants and Foundling Children with her brother Winter Makepeace. The Home is located in the poorest and vilest part of the city of St. Giles. They are in a financial dilemma, may get thrown out, can barely keep food on the table, and to top it off; they just lost their wealthy patron!
Lazarus Huntington, Lord Caire, needs a guide to help him navigate the back alleys of St. Giles. He is looking for a murderer. He enlists the help of Mrs. Dews. For her assistance, Caire will introduce her to the aristocracy in order to find a new patron.
The differences between Temperance and Caire are brilliant but yet can be so subtle at times. Temperance: poor, has barely enough to eat, sees to everyones else's needs and cares for everyone else. Caire: arrogant, wealthy, cares for only his pleasure. The names of the Makepeace siblings are refreshing: Temperance, Winter, Asa, Concord, Silent, Verity.
This story was so engaging. Although it moved in a few directions, it never lost focus. It left me wanting for more of the Ghost of St. Giles and Charming Mikey O'Connor. And what will become of Silent?
The story within the story of King Lockedheart was quite enjoyable!