In 1931, Nick, a controversial artist preparing for the opening of a show falls to his death from the scaffolding. The police declare it an accident, but his sister, Georgina, a fellow graduate of Girton with Maisie, believes it's murder. She asks Maisie to investigate. This investigation leads to his studio on the south coast, where she discovers danger to herself, as well as clues to what's going on. As always, Maisie makes her own decisions about what to do with the information she uncovers with her unconventional methods.