Just as Major Yeates is settling into his post as Resident Magistrate, the whimsical, old Mrs. Knox of Aussolas Castle is determined to preside over the magistrates' bench and exercise her own perverse sense of judgement.
Major Yeates manages to stand his ground, and is rewarded by an invitation to dinner at the ferocious woman's home. He manages to survive the very unusual turn of events that follow the meal.
But his standing in his new community is threatened by the disappearance of one of Mrs. Knox's horses - a colt that he wanted to buy for his fianc?e, Philippa.
Major Sinclair Yeates: Don't tell me Slipper's in trouble again
Flurry Knox: He isn't. You may be.
Flurry Knox: My grandmother means to sit today
Major Sinclair Yeates: Mrs Knox? I've never heard of a woman magistrate before.
Flurry Knox: Nor has anyone else. She took over from me grandfather.
Flurry Knox: No one liked to question it.