But Sophronia soon realizes this school is not your ordinary finishing school and not quite what her mother had in mind. At Mademoiselle Geraldine’s, young ladies learn the fine arts of dance, dress, and etiquette, but they also learn defense, diversion, and espionage–in the politest possible ways, of course. Sophronia and her new friends are in for quite an education.
Fourteen-year-old Sophronia is horrified to learn that her mother has decided to send her to finishing school. She knows she is a great trial to her mother and older sisters but she’s just not interested in learning manners and behaving ladylike. She’d much rather climb a tree or dismantle a clock. Mrs. Temminnick is desperate for her daughter to become a proper lady and hopefully make great progress before her sister’s coming out party. So she enrolls Sophronia in Mademoiselle Geraldine’s Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality.