By Laurie R. King
In England's younger silent-film undefined, the megalomaniacal Randolph Fflytte is king. yet rumors of legal actions swirl round his renowned motion picture studio. on the request of Scotland backyard, Mary Russell travels undercover to the set of Fflytte's most modern cinematic extravaganza, Pirate King. in response to Gilbert and Sullivan's The Pirates of Penzance, the undertaking will both set the normal for moviemaking for a new release . . . or sink a boatload of careers.
As the corporate begins rehearsals in Lisbon, the 13 blond-haired, blue-eyed actresses whom Mary is chaperoning meet the swarm of genuine buccaneers Fflytte has recruited to supply authenticity. but if the group embarks for Morocco and the particular filming, Russell senses ominous currents of difficulty: a derelict boat, a movie group with many secrets and techniques, decks awash with budding romance--and now the pirates are ignoring Fflytte and answering in simple terms to their outlaw chief. the place can Sherlock Holmes be? As motion picture make-believe turns into precise terror, Russell and Holmes themselves may well adventure a last fadeout.