Following immediately after Minda Falters, the sixteen year-olds of the Black Team are allowed abroad to leave their horrible legacy behind and keep out of trouble. Lanconia is friendly but there are deadly plots hinting at a power-struggle in the capital Arlesene. The Black Team wind respect and hearts to set the scene for closer relations between traditional enemies. By mischance they uncover actual plots and help the King deal with them. Minda's influence is felt throughout the book but when she arrives at Arlesene the Black Team shoo her away to keep her out of trouble!Romance, worry, cleverness, growing-up, the happiness of families, story-telling, fraud and a little death in the night to keep them and the reader alert.