When they get to the cottage, they find everything quiet and peaceful, although both Anthony and Miss Eells feel the place has a sinister atmosphere. Then Anthony finds an old chest in one of the empty rooms, and discovers that it contains the doorway to another dimension, a dimension where a cabal of evil wizards who calls themselves the Autarchs are plotting to destroy the world.
After their path to that world is shattered, it seems there’s no hope of Anthony, Emerson, or Miss Eells being able to fight the Autarchs. That is, until Anthony and Miss Eells make a strange discovery during a drive in the country.
I was very amused by Emerson and Miss Eells in this book, particularly a scene where Miss Eells—a very nice woman but prone to swearing and saying exactly what’s on her mind—has to spend hours being polite at a dinner party. Her rather desperate cheeriness was hilarious.