I just finished re-reading this book and i remembered why i love Lemony Snicket's work. In this vile novel, the Baudelaire's continue their search for their friends, the Quagmire triplets. In the previous book, The Ersatz Elevator, Violet Klaus and Sunny here about a town called V.F.D. Remembering that V.F.D. was a clue that Duncan Quagmire had given the Baudelaires, they head to that town for more clues-and guardianship. This whole town of V.F.D. becomes the orphans guardians and boss the children around giving them all sorts of chores to fill up their time with. Along with these chores, the awful Council of Elders, a horrid list of dramatic rules to follow, and living with a town full of crows, the children begin receiving notes from Isadora Quagmire about where they are hidden. Then, of course, Count Olaf enters the story creating even more of a mess for the children. . .if you are to read this story, read it with caution. . .