A Brief History
The Marquess of Basilwether was recently murdered in what appears to be a robbery, and Tewkesbury is his son and heir. Tewkesbury refuses to follow in his family’s footsteps and join the military despite being in line to inherit his father’s estate, title, and seat in the House of Lords. A near-death experience with a falling branch in the woods causes him to have a crisis of identity and lead him to run away from home. He takes a carriage to the station, where he bribes a porter to hide him in a carpet bag and leave him on the train. His loved ones become worried about him and follow his trail to the train station, but they are powerless to have the train diverted for a thorough search. Even so, a man named Linthorn who appears to be working for the family boards the train in time for its departure.
When Tewkesbury finally emerges from his hiding place on the train, he discovers that Enola Holmes, who is also on the run from her family, has taken up residence in his compartment. Enola avoids him at all costs for fear that he will cause trouble for her. But when Linthorn launches an attack on the marquess and tries to kill him, she is drawn into the conflict. Enola uses his cane to knock out Linthorn, and then he and Tewkesbury jump off the train to get away from him. Tewkesbury wants to stay with Enola in London, but she insists that they each find their own way there.
Enola is attacked by Linthorn again as she searches Limehouse for her mother, this time in an effort for Linthorn to learn the marquess’ whereabouts. Due to this, she decides to take some initiative to ensure Tewkesbury’s protection. She goes undercover to Basilwether Hall, where he lives, in search of clues, but the family won’t talk to her.
She discovers the severed branch that nearly killed Tewkesbury in the forest and draws the conclusion that it was done so on purpose. She finds his hidden treehouse and deduces that he led his family astray with bogus clues. However, Tewkesbury’s grandma, the Dowager, finds out about her. Their conversation is brief, but the Dowager makes the observation that Tewkesbury has inherited his father’s preoccupation with the future. She tells Enola to get out of there quickly before she gets caught, but she begs her to tell her grandson she loves him.