South is 20 years old, studying at Eaton. His brother is nine. One day he is back on vacation from school, and he wakes up to find out his mother died in her sleep during the night. She was weak. She was ill and sad because of her husband's drinking and gambling, but South thinks something is wrong with her death.
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Miss Sophie Tennant was a girl of 19, of sweet, if a bit sickly, disposition, and golden curls. She had been confined to her invalid's chair since her childhood after a bad fall. Her health had deteriorated rapidly following her parents' deaths, and she'd hardly risen from it since. Sophie was waiting for her ladies' maid to wheel her to her bedchamber, when she screamed. In front of her she sees a dead body, white and pale in the candlelight. She reaches out a hand and touches its cheek.
When the Lord Killian Ware, second son of the Duke of Worthing, arrived from his country seat, he was in tears. His daughter disappeared two weeks ago. The Duke begged "South", the Marquis, to find her. Meanwhile, the Marquis' younger brother, Killian, who is rumored to be something of a rogue and a gambler, but is very kind-hearted, found an orphan boy in the streets and rescues him from a pair of ruffians. The boy swears he'll serve the Marquis' brother until he dies.
South, the Marquess of Southerton, is on quest to retrieve some love letters from a Duke's past lover. Bored to go through another season, he goes to the Lady's house and finds a way to be invited to stay. The Lady is married to a man who looks like a scholar and very genteel but she seems to be intensely unhappy. After a while, South finds out some strange happenings in the house. What is the mystery of the bleeding mirror?