Hilton Cubitt's wife, Elsie, has a mysterious past that seems to be coming back to haunt her. After receiving an upsetting letter, illustrations of dancing stick figures begin appearing around the Cubitts' home at Ridling Thorpe Manor. Sherlock Holmes is shown the series of dancing men, discovering that it is a code that threatens imminent danger. But will he able to warn the Cubitts in time and catch the person behind these drawings? Arthur Conan Doyle's enigmatic mystery will keep listeners rapt thanks to David Timson, whose brisk and propulsive style adroitly builds exciting tension.