“Discipline, Miss Brewer. Obedience. Submission. These are the keys to your reformation. Until you learn this and accept it your punishments will continue.”
Constance Brewer is facing nine years in Newgate Prison for theft with no hope for early release. Her future appears bleak, but then she is taken to see a visitor—Professor George E. Feversham, the founder of Feversham’s Academy of Young Women’s Correctional Education. His offer astounds her. If she completes his rehabilitation regimen she will be released and her criminal record expunged; the only requirement is that she obey him without question. She eagerly accepts his terms, but she has no intention of being rehabilitated. Escape from a man as naive as the Professor should be easy, and once free she can disappear into the London slums.
But when she is captured only seconds after breaking out of her room Constance soon discovers why it is called correctional education. Will Constance submit to the Professor’s discipline, or will she return to Newgate Prison until she is an old maid?