There is a LOT going on in this book. An aristocratic young man whose father threatens to disinherit him if he doesn't curb his queer debauched ways. His best friend, who he's secretly in love with, who is hiding problems of his own. His sister, who wants to be a doctor, but can't get an education because it's the 18th century and she's a girl. A European tour that descends into mayhem. And alchemy. And pirates.