Lizzie Lutwidge knows her father is up to something. Albert Lutwidge is head psychiatric scientist at London’s grand asylum, the Pauper’s Lunatic Mill. For as long as Lizzie can remember, Albert has been studying the young females of the asylum while reading Lewis Caroll’s Alice in Wonderland. Lizzie makes the connection between the two when she reads a letter intended for her brother. Whenever she asks him about it, however, he loses his typically happy smile and becomes stoic and withdrawn, refusing to answer her questions.
Lizzie being ever curious, her family’s reluctance to speak only spurs her into her own investigation. It all started with a girl named Alice. Now the path to rehabilitation at Pauper’s Lunatic Mill is doused in blood. Can Lizzie save the girls whom life has so horribly hurt? Perhaps they don’t want to be saved, as each woman wanders towards a wonderland of violence, darkness and desire.