It is July 1809, and Jane is just beginning to emerge from her grief over her lost love, Lord Harold Trowbridge. When, moving with her mother and sister into a cottage on her brother's estate in Chawton, Hampshire, she begins to revise one of her first manuscripts, determined to honor Lord Trowbridge's confidence in her work, a corpse is suddenly discovered in the cellar. Who killed Henry French? And what does his death have to do with the stolen Chawton Emeralds? Jane can't keep her mind off the mystery, even though someone who will stop at nothing to secure a fortune is lurking just out of sight.