What was the secret of the baby found in Candlemaker Row in 1809? Nineteen years later, Miss Candida Forbes, whose home was in fashionable Charlotte Square, has seemingly little to do with Mary Paterson, whose haunt was the Grassmarket, where lurked all that was most evil and despicable. Yet their paths seemed destined to cross. And Ross Alexander Laing, who had come to Edinburgh to attend Dr Knox's lectures on anatomy, somehow held a key to the mystery. Candida was drawn to this man with his clever green eyes and tall elegance, but was he to be trusted? After all, he had arrived in the city with a coffin containing a dead body, then he had tried to separate her from her fiancé Finlay Semple. Could she really trust him with her terrible secret?