A Libricide Officer named Hal Kamhout arrives in a town by a lake, with a girl named Flamberge riding in the sidecar, bound by chains and belts and wearing a lock on her chest. The two of them are searching for the Black Biblioprincess, but Flam's attire and Hal's peculiar staff draws the attention of Mabel Nash, a female cop. She offers them a place to stay while they wait for a traveling salesman to stop by town, so they can buy gasoline. Hal explains the reason why they came was to investigate the multiple disappearances of travelers in the town since the war ended, thinking that the Black Biblioprincess may have been involved. Soon he begins to notice something strange about the town, and begins to investigate.