Representing respective warring kingdoms in a race to obtain a powerful weapon and discover the lost land of Eden, the captains and crews of two ships travel into uncharted waters and encounter such dangers as witches, kraken, and merpeople.
After she leaves her husband, the pregnant Lady Maccon is dismissed from the Shadow Council, attacked by mechanical ladybugs, and becomes the target of vampires, forcing her to escape to Italy in search of the mysterious Templars.
When her werewolf husband disappears, leaving her to deal with supernatural soldiers, exorcised ghosts, and an irate Queen Victoria, Alexia Maccon sets out to investigate, a search that leads her to the dark side of Scotland.
Lady Alexia Maccon, soulless, is at it again, only this time the trouble in the air is not her fault. When a mad ghost threatens the queen, Alexia is on the case, following a trail that leads her deep into her husband's past. Top that off with a sister who has joined the suffragette movement (shocking!), Madame Lefoux's latest mechanical invention, and a plague of zombie porcupines - and Alexia barely has time to remember she just happens to be eight months pregnant.
Will Alexia be able to figure out who is trying to kill Queen Victoria before it's too late? Is it the vampires again or is there a traitor lurking about in wolf's clothing? And do they really have to take up residence in Lord Akeldama's second best closet?
Alexia Tarabotti, Lady Maccon, heads off to Egypt with her husband, her supernaturally precocious daughter Prudence, and her actress friend Ivy Tunstell, in order to answer the summons of the vampire Queen of the Alexandria Hive.