Brighton, 1951. Pantomime season is in full swing with Max Mephisto starring in Aladdin. But Max's headlines have been stolen by the disappearance of two children. With fairy tales in the air, it's not long before the press have a nickname: 'Hansel and Gretel'. DI Edgar Stephens has plenty of leads to investigate. Does the clue lie in the missing girl’s unfinished and disturbing last script? Or with the eccentric theatricals who have assembled for the pantomime?