Graverobbing! Murder! Mayhem! Having fled from his bodysnatcher masters, Cephas Catchpole resolves to uncover the secrets surrounding his dead parents, the evil Dr Mortdecai Brimstone and his fraudulent smallpox potions, an enigmatic Indian doctor called Taggi and the infamous hangman Titus the Rope. Along the way, Cephas enlists the help of Mortdecai's bold and adventurous daughter Edith, who is keen to see her father get his deserved comeuppance. This is a gripping and atmospheric Dickensian tale for young readers, filled with suspense, humour and more twists than a hangman's noose.