Childish rhymes and bizarre clues left behind by her crazy great-uncle leads Bella on a treasure hunt through an old Cornish manor house.
"Roses are red, violets are blue. It's not quite dead, just like you."
What was the meaning of Desmond's childish rhyme, phoned to his sisters just days before his death? What unnamed treasure of great value did Bella's crazy great-uncle bequeath to his family? In a posthumous letter to be hand-delivered to Bella's great-aunts, Desmond Wildeve spoke of a priceless object hidden in the vast, cluttered family mansion - a mansion no one had been admitted in for nearly 50 years. And he gave them only one clue to start the hunt: another childish rhyme.
Taking on the challenge, Bella, with the help of family, friends, and eccentric villagers, searches for the meanings behind the rhymes. To find the treasure, she must play charades with a lunatic.