A book with some gothic trends in the beginning. Dark and stormy night, terrible secrets, fainting of women and orphans. The December night was wet and wild around Thetford Towers. A strange, massive, old house built during the time of James the First by Sir Hugo Thetford, the first baronet of the name, and as strong and strong now as it was then. The December day was overcast and gloomy, but the December night was stormy and wild. On this stormy winter night, the last of the Thetford baronets was dying.