The Baudelaire Orphans, Violet, Klaus, and Sunny, were driving to a very distant relative's house. Recently, their house burned down, killing both of their parents. They didn't have a home, so they were driving to a relative's house to live in.
The orphans were very worried. The last relative they lived with was horrible. His name was Count Olaf, and he tried to steal money from the orphans.
At the house, the orphans met Dr. Montgomery. He studied reptiles, especially snakes. He turned out to be very nice to the orphans.
Then Dr. Montgomery showed them the reptile room. It had all kinds of snakes and reptiles in it. The orphans were amazed.
Dr. Montgomery announced that they were going on a trip to Peru. The Orphans were very excited. They started to prepare for the trip to Peru.