William Wagner Bird had filled his boarding house with people whom society would never miss - if it had ever noticed them at all.
There was Nurse Clock - ugly, without the consideration to have a nice personality. Studdy - a petty thief who could never find anything petty enough. And Miss Clerricot, who wanted someone to make indecent suggestions, so that she could refuse.
With misshapen bricks like these William Wagner Bird built his peculiar boarding house. But then he died and everything started to come apart . . .