As a writer of shocking Gothic novels, Beatrice Poole is no stranger to the darker passions. Yet she thinks its all poppycock when Leo Drake, the enigmatic Earl of Monkcrest and Englands foremost expert on arcane matters, warns her about the Forbidden Rings of Aphrodite. Nothing can stop her from investigating the disappearance of the Rings from her uncles' home and her uncles death - which she suspects was murder. Leo is incensed and intrigued. Never before has such a woman demanded jis advice and then ignored it. Convinced the will ful beauty is on a collision course with danger. Leo insists on becoming her protector. All the while, a whisper of evil swirls through London and a sinister villain plots to test the power of the Rings, with Beatrice and Leo as the victims.