With The Daily Punctilio’s front-page headlines reading “Baudelaire Butcher’s”, the children find temporary anonymity at Heimlich Hospital with a group called “Volunteers fighting disease.” Their obscurity allows them to search the Library of Records, where their alphabetization skills are challenged, and more secrets unfold. Olaf and his henchmen, while posing as doctors, attempt a cranioectomy on Violet. Klaus and Sunny decipher anagrams and use deductive reasoning to try and save their sister. Can Olaf get any more evil? The children show remarkable bravery despite the calamity that unfolds around them.
For a critical overview of the entire series, see A Series of Unfortunate Events (Books series overview).