Mercedes Maxwell's vacation in Britain turns to a hunt for treasure when a crazed killer targets her. An old journal that makes outrageous claims about William Shakespeare and lost Spanish gold comes into Mercedes' hands. She is intrigued by its apparent authenticity, but soon those who know about the journal are being murdered in horrible parodies of Shakespearean tragedy. Might she be next?
In time, Mercedes realizes that she must follow the clues alone. No one she has met can be trusted, not the police, not her tour guide, not even Colm Kennedy, the handsome actor who befriends her.