Lisa Marie Wilkinson edited the summary of Fire at Midnight Sunday, May 9, 2010.
In 1703 London, England, Rachael Penrose is confined to Bedlam insane asylum after discovering her uncle Victor plans to kill her brother in order to inherit the family fortune. Victor leads a gang of criminals and uses French privateer/smuggler Sebastién Falconer as the scapegoat for his crimes. After Victor spreads the lie that Rachael informed on Falconer’s smuggling activities, Falconer vows revenge.
Rachael escapes from Bedlam and ends up in Sebastién’s care. When his identity is revealed, she flees and hides in London, where she meets his estranged twin brother Jacques. Jacques is an English Customs officer who believes Sebastién—and not Victor—is the leader of the gang of criminals. He uses Rachael to try to trap Sebastién, but Sebastién escapes the trap, taking Rachael with him.
Rachael and Sebastién find proof Victor leads the criminals. They hide the evidence in a lighthouse. When Sebastién is forced to relinquish the evidence to protect Rachael from Victor’s henchmen, she fears he is in league with Victor. As a violent windstorm builds, Rachael and Sebastién take refuge in an old church. Victor heads for the lighthouse to retrieve the remainder of the evidence. Victor drowns in the storm, which also destroys the lighthouse. Jacques arrests Sebastién, but Sebastién is vindicated during his trial. The judge decrees Sebastién be transported to the colonies as a free man, providing him with the opportunity to begin a new life in a new country with Rachael and her brother.