Genre: Children's Literature
Setting: in a large apartment building. in the city the Orphans are from.
First Sentence: The book you are now holding in your two hands right now - assuming that you are, in fact, holding this book, and you have only two hands - is one of the two books in the world that will show you the difference between the word "nervous" and the word "anxious."
This book is the sixth in the author's thirteen book series entitled "A Series of Unfortunate Events."
In this episode of the series, the Baudelaire orphans have been left with a wealthy couple. Jerome and Esme' Squalor live in a seventy-one room penthouse at the top of an extremely tall apartment building.
Jerome Squalor does not like arguments, and will agree to anything to avoid an argument. His wife Esme' goes along with any new fad. As this story begins, light is "out" and orphans are "in." Thus the apartment is dark. And the Squalors have three orphans.
The Baudelaires are worried:
Their friends, the Quagmire triplets, have been captured by the evil Count Olaf.
They know that Olaf will appear.
They know that he will be in disguise.
They know that the adults won't recognize him.
They know that it is up to them to unmask him.
So, the orphans set out to find Olaf's hiding place. While searching they make a surprising discovery.
And they uncover a few clues to the over all mystery of the series.
And like all of the other books in the series.
There is no happy ending.