Princess Adela has always been more than a little unconventional. She would rather work in her garden than find a husband—much to her step-mother’s dismay—and Adela’s version of happily ever after involves traveling the world and collecting rare plant specimens. So when the opportunity arises to attend a garden party thrown by Lady Hortensia, whose beauty is rumored to be rivaled only by the loveliness of her gardens, Adela cannot resist inviting herself, even if it means wearing a too-tight dress and impractical shoes.
But the moment Adela sets eyes on Hortensia’s garden, she knows something is amiss. Every single flower is in bloom—in the middle of October! Not only that, but a talking magpie is stealing the guests’ jewels. Is it possible that magic is involved? Can Adela get to the root of the mystery before it’s too late?