St. Martha's College in Cambridge has been providing a quality, conservative, low-budget education for women for many years. Then the college receives a bequest of money upon the death of a wealthy alumna. Debate over what to do with the money divides the faculty into three factions. The Virgins believe that the money should be used for scholarships in traditional areas such as medieval history. The Dykes believe that the college should have a center for Gender and Ethnic Studies. The Old Women (who are mostly men) believe that the money should be used to build an excellent wine cellar for the faculty.
The murder of Dame Maud Theodosia Buckbarrow, the head of the college and a Virgin, upsets the balance of power in this academic feud. Robert Amiss, a visiting fellow of the college, and Detective Sargent Ellis Pooley set out to find the murderer in this hilarious, satirical look at modern campus politics.
This report prepared by Linda Bertland