A novel set in Edinburgh, Scotland in the miserable year of 1829. A slightly ridiculous story of a young orphan girl who accepts a lucrative offer to dig up dead bodies for medical experiments in an attempt to escape the same fate as her dead mother. Grave-robbing, monsters, corpses, body parts, wacky musicians, mad scientists, reanimation experiments gone wrong, a handsome young surgeon with a secret, and a bitch of a bordello madam.