The Families. Insanely rich and richly insane. They are monarchs, Mafia, and movie stars rolled into one. Since the Borgias and the Medicis united in the 17th century, the Families have transfixed, transformed, and ruled the world. The Gleeds, the top British family, are hosting their annual ball. The perfect opportunity for Provender – the young, disaffected Gleed heir – to finally find a wife. And, as it turns out, the perfect opportunity for anti-familial revolutionaries to kidnap him. The future of the Gleeds, and of Europe, depends on the skills of two Anagrammatic detectives – while Provender's own future depends on the dark eyes and dark wit of a girl called Is.