Bosworth has concerns: The Lord and Lady of the manor are absent. Their estate exists in the custody of unsupervised and negligent personnel, an unruly lot, predisposed to all manner of delinquent behaviour. The manor house and grounds are in decline, and yet most staff and servants could not care less. But Bosworth cares—he has to—it’s his job. So why, then, would he throw open the doors to a force bent on destruction?
Assuming control comes easy for a man of many talents and considerable influence. Maintaining it, however, is another matter; not everyone has been taken in by the man with the wandering eye. Despite the risk, the beguiling stranger knows his deception need last only as long it takes to get what he wants. Little does he realize, no one, himself included, understands the consequences of obtaining it.
A paradox presents when the butler comes to understand, even if the tramp loses, he could still win by default. If the benevolent forces behind the scenes fail Robert Bosworth, the manor and all who dwell within are doomed. The butler holds the key. The fate of the manor hangs in the balance.