The villagers of the tiny hamlet of La Morte Rouge (Canada) are terrified; a legendary glowing monster has reappeared, flitting through the nearby fog shrouded marshes, sheep have been found dead, their throats cut. The body of Lady Penrose is discovered in the village church, her hand clutching the bell-pull, her neck ripped open. Meanwhile Lord Penrose is addressing a meeting of the Royal Canadian Occult Society and to our surprise Holmes and Watson are in attendance, the meeting is called to a halt when Lord Penrose hears of his wife's death, Holmes offers his help which Lord Penrose declines. But a letter delivered to Holmes and Watson written by Lady Penrose before her death, expressing a vague fear for her life and pleading with him to come to the village. Holmes and Watson instantly cancel their plans to return to London. "Consider the tragic irony: we've accepted a commission from a victim to find her murderer. For the first time we've been retained by a corpse".