We begin with a movie featuring some kind of laboratory and a masked figure who turns out to be a skeleton. Avril shrieks and throttles Kujo, which causes him to yell. They both fall over, and we go to the opening credits.
After the opening credits, Avril is teasing Kujo for being a scaredy cat. Kujo responds that anyone would be scared to have someone suddenly strangling you and screaming in your face. (This is very true.) Avril mentions that the movie reminds her of a story that she had heard once.
As they are walking back to the school, they hear some children singing a song as they are marching along with sticks in hand. (The lyrics to this song become increasingly creepy, by the way.) Kujo is a little curious as to why Avril broke off her vacation early to come back to school. Avril becomes very flustered, and it’s clear that she came back early because she has a crush on him. Kujo however, seems oblivious. Avril however, remembers why the story seemed familiar to her. She rushes off to an old clock tower with Kujo in tow. (And as they run up, we see a stranger moving away from the gates.)
The movie is apparently based off of the story of a legendary “masked” alchemist named Leviathan. This Leviathan character is also a historical figure that had appeared twenty years previous to the story, and had strongly influenced the queen of Saubure until he had been killed by order of the king. The old clock tower was where he had lived, and where the movie had been shot. Avril decides that she wants to explore the tower, but Kujo is not very interested, and does not want to be late for his visit to Victorique (which is why Avril wants to explore the clock tower).
Their exploration does not go very well. Avril is very grumpy that Kujo is not able to immediately read her mind and realize she has a crush on him. (Kujo of course, is totally oblivious.) Kujo, and then Avril become dizzy on the stairs and they are eventually chased off by Cecile, who seems uncharacteristically fierce and angry by their having explored the tower. They walk back, and then Kujo disappears off to the library, much to Avril’s intense disappointment.
Back at the library tower, Victorique is also disappointed, because Kujo is late. She is looking through the stacks and complaining of boredom when she runs across a book. It claims to be a memoir of the Alchemist Leviathan, but it contains pop up pictures (which Victorique can’t refrain from making snide comments about). The content of the pop ups are rather sinister, and the Leviathan left a note for whomever was reading it, that at first sounds boastful and then challenging. Victorique is obviously the sort of person who argues with her books because she takes the note personally.
Kujo turns up saying that he has a story for her. Victorique is annoyed because he went to a movie with someone. (Kujo, do not ask how she knows when the movie ticket is sticking out of your pocket.) He asks if she has ever heard of Leviathan the alchemist. He tells her what he knows about the clock tower, and she explains a little bit about alchemists, their goals, and the philosopher’s stone. She further states that alchemy is a load of bunk, and alchemists are con artists.
A little later, the dorm house mother is asking him about the man he’d been seen with. (Or rather, that an Oriental looking man was seen walking around town with a red haired man.) The man he’d been seen with was a red head. Kujo is of course confused, but curious about the other Oriental in town. As he’s walking past the clock tower he sees the man in question, who is heading into the clock tower. Kujo heads over to the clock tower to investigate. By the time he gets up to the lab at the top of the tower however, the man is dying.
The next scene features cops at the doors of the clock tower and Cecile and Kujo. Grevil turns up with his hair down, and neither Cecile nor Kujo recognize him. (He does look much better without the pompadour of doom.)
He is very cranky that no one recognizes him and defensively states that he didn’t have time to set his hair. We learn that Grevil has had the red haired guy detained for questioning, and confirms that the Oriental guy has a connection to the red head.
While Kujo and Grevil are at the murder scene, Victorique is glaring at Leviathan’s Pop Up Memoir. (This is an inexplicably cute scene.) Kujo turns up and Victorique expresses her irritation that he was late again. Kujo fills her in on what happened at the clock tower, noting that Grevil should have shown up by now. Victorique states that she is going to accept the challenge and solve the murder mystery. She heads to the elevator, but doesn’t let him get on the elevator with him, stating she thinks it’s funny to make him run down the stairs. (Mean little girl!)
Before he heads down the stairs after Victorique, he picks up Leviathan’s Pop Up Memoir, where we learn the complete story (or at least as much as Leviathan is willing to tell us) of how Leviathan ended up working for the royal court. We also learn of the events that lead into Leviathan getting into more trouble than he really knows what to deal with, and how he ended up committing murder. The entire note is apparently a request that the reader solve his mystery, and stop him from killing again.
We shift to Victorique who is running toward the clock tower with a determined look on her face. As she reaches the tower, someone grabs her by the arm. Then we shift to Grevil, who is interrogating the red haired man. Grevil wants to know what the red headed magician was doing in town, and the red head states that he is hunting for “le monstre charmant.”
In the next episode, Victorique and Avril finally meet; sparks fly, and Victorique works on Leviathan’s mystery.