When Alyce Wilson suffers a blow to her head-with Doctor Owen Rathlin's hansom cab she is taken inside his house to recover. Unable to remember anything about her past. Doctor Owen Rathlin decides to 'christen' her Rhoda Lambay. 'Lambay Street is where I live- so you won't forget it will you Rhoda?' With his departure Rhoda becomes aware of something sinister in the house. Her decision to leave early next morning put Rhoda's life in jeopardy. She has been caught like a fish in a net, with no way of escape. Danger, terror and fear of not knowing her past produces a dread of the future. Her only friend is Molly - a convict girl. It's with Molly's help she has to learn to play the 'Deadly Games ' that will test her own sanity and strength aboard the Sea Duchess. Can she capture 'the Deadly Serpent' in its own trap? Set free the 'elusive butterfly' of love which remains deeply hidden within the' tangled terrors ' securely locked behind her own 'secret door'