Edward "Falcon" Michaels and Evelyn James were American grifters... until Falcon betrayed the group and left Evelyn's sister to hang for her crimes. Two years and a lifetime later, in 1887, Ms. James is looking for work in London as a governess. When she sees her sister's betrayer working for the very family she's signed on to help, her old feelings for him come back. Can he be trusted? Can she? With grifters, you never know. Oh, and that's before she's met the children. Earl and Lady Blackstepp are the brilliant, eleven-year-old twins that embody a nanny's worst nightmare, and they run the entire criminal underworld of Great Briton.
Falcon wondered idly what they looked like, his motley crew. Evelyn was covered in soot. Marie still sported her black and white maid’s clothing, but had slung two bandoleers across her chest and a rifle over one shoulder. Jack could have been a runaway army cook, and the half-chewed cigarette between his teeth had seen better times. Grimm looked like a caricature of an undertaker, and the foot long, scythe-like knife did not help the impression. As if to round out the completely bizarre nature of their circumstances, Falcon came across as he would on any other day working as the Blackstepp butler: gloves white, shirt pressed, and coat dusted and spotless.