A unusual, creepy fantasy set in Eerie-on-Sea finds a colourful solid of characters in scorching pursuit of a sea monster thought to convey a shocking present. It is winter within the city of Eerie-on-Sea, the place the mist is thick and the salt spray is rattling the home windows of the Grand Nautilus Resort. Inside, younger Herbert Lemon, Misplaced and Founder for the resort, has an sudden customer. Evidently Violet Parma, a fearless lady round his age, misplaced her mother and father on the resort when she was a child, and he or she's certain that the nervous Herbert is the one one that will help her discover them. The difficulty is, Violet is being pursued at that second by an odd hook-handed man. And the city legend of the Malamander -- a part-fish, part-human monster whose egg is claimed to make desires come true -- is rearing its scaly head. As varied townspeople, some good-hearted, some nefarious, reveal themselves to be monster hunters on the sly, can Herbert and Violet elude them and uncover what occurred to Violet's kin? This lighthearted, fantastical thriller, that includes black-and-white spot illustrations, kicks off a trilogy of fantasies set within the seaside city.