The setting is on a beach. The characters of the story are Violet Baudelaeire, Klaus B, Sunny B, Mr.Poe, and Count Olaf.
Olaf's ramshackle house is filthy and covered in concerning eye images. it has a tower which the Baudelaires are forbidden from entering. Count Olaf is unpleasant, easily angered, and forces the children to perform odious chores.
One day, the baudlaires are set a task to make dinner for olaf and his troupe. They make puttanesca but olaf arrives and demands roast beef.
Olaf forced violet to marry him in a play, After violet signed the marriage document, Mr.Poe and Justice Strauss both object.
Olaf was arrested for locking up sunny but before he could be arrested one of his friends the lights off and olaf escaped.
Justice Strauss tells the Baudelaires that she is willing to adopt them; however, Mr. Poe says that this would go against their parents' will, as Justice Strauss is not their relative. He takes them back to his household until he can find another guardian for them.