The Gleaming Towers and hearty stone parapets of Butterwick were thought to be the most impregnable in all of Tardblivia…. but when Nectar arrives in the boundary areas he finds only a smoking ruin. Now he and his stalwart companions must unravel the mystery of what happened and why the local peasants insist that they saw the Countess Butterwick hurl herself from the once high walls, her dress aflame. They fear that they will all suffer the same fate unless Nectar can help them!
Nectar and his stalwart companions travel to Fluvia, where an ominous disquiet looms over the sleepy hamlet. While the abbot of the local church urges his flock to be kind to all creatures, including Nectar, the townspeople suffer terribly from an unseen, nibbling foe with a terrible secret.