At the center of the story is Miss Mary Sutherland who is described as a woman with substantial income. The earnings majorly come from an interest fund which had been set up for her. Miss Sutherland gets engaged to a very quiet Londoner who later disappears. This is where the power of Sherlock Holmes’s detective is tested with the case later turning out to be what can be said to be an elementary case (Doyle 67). Miss Sutherland’s fiancé, Hosmer Angel is a very peculiar character. He is quiet and a very secretive man. No one knows any details about his life. Even Miss Sutherland herself is only aware that Hosmer works in an office in Leadenhall Street. She has no specific details on the kind of work he does or the people he works with. All the letters that he sends to his fiancée are typewritten including the signature. Hosmer advises Miss Sutherland to reply his letters only through the local post office.
Miss Sutherland’s courtship and meetings with her fiancé are very clandestine. They only plan to be meeting when the stepfather is in France as he was against the relationship (Doyle 230). At times, Miss Sutherland would goes to ball against the wishes of her father with the hope of meeting Hosmer. Despite the secrecy of the man, he manages to convince her fiancé to marry him. It is at this point that the story reaches the climax when Mr. Hosmer abandons Miss Sutherland at the altar on their day of wedding. Hosmer steps into a carriage to go to the church where the ceremony was to take place. However, he is nowhere to be seen when the carriage reaches the church. This amazes everyone who had seen him step into the carriage. Sutherland is very much disappointed, worried and heartbroken since she did not expect someone who had proposed to her to act the way Angel did.
After the disappearance, Miss Sutherland