The English department at the University of Washagon is in an uproar. Professor Adem Snell--humanist, scholar, gadfly and faculty pariah--has disappeared without a trace.
Stranger still, all coppies of his obscure but brilliant novel, Sovrana Sostrata, also seems to missing.
Has Snell been murdered? Has his book been murdered? And more important, if Snell is not dead, does his department hae the power to fire him at his upcoming post-tenture review?
So the the book begins....