*Each Sunday for ten years, the young and prominent Maidens of Mapleton club have met in the town schoolhouse and told each other all. A town with a violent past, now-booming Mapleton dotes on its favorite daughters: Christine, a performer at the town's beautiful music hall, Mina, the daughter of the newspaper owner, Esme, a ward of the church and Lucy and Elizabeth, daughters of the widower Mayor-one ladylike, the other a hellion. Slowly, the truth begins to cloud. The pieces of the past don't add up, and familiar tales and faces fail to comfort. In this five novella series from Marie Piper, comprised of Old West adaptations of gothic/horror tales, the Maidens find their friendships tested, fall in (and out) of love, and are forced to unravel the mystery of that one terrible day. What really happened on the day of the Mapleton Massacre?*
In the second installment, it's up to Mina, Esme, and Elizabeth to pull off the Fall Festival on their own. As the unofficial leader of the Mapleton Maidens, Mina tries to hold it all together, but finds her world spinning -- Miss Thorpe has a breakdown, Lucy is suddenly engaged, Esme is determined to take a job at the tavern, and what in the world has happened to Jonathan Harker?
And then on a dark and stormy night, a mysterious Count arrives in Mapleton...
In this take on DRACULA, will Mina and the Maidens come any closer to unraveling the mystery of the Mapleton Massacre, or will their friendship and lives be forever altered?