When Miss Penelope Lumley left the halls of the Swanburne Academy for Poor Bright Females to become governess at Ashton Place, she was quite surprised to find that her three students were recently found in the woods surrounding the estate, and had been raised by a pack of wolves. But the resolute Miss Lumley was more than up to the task. Undaunted by her challenging charges, she has spent close to a year immersing the children in poetry, Latin, geometry, architecture, and so much more. And she's even taught these former wolf pups to resist their urge to howl and chase small animals (most of the time). The unexpected arrival of the Widow Ashton, her new paramour, and their (missing) ostrich Bertha kicks off a new series of mysteries for the plucky young governess to puzzle through. After all, how were the children able to survive so long on their own? And why does Lord Ashton's mysterious illness seem to come and go with the full moon? It seems that these and more questions can only be answered with the help of an old friend and a midnight seance. But will Penelope find the answers she's been looking for beyond the veil?