Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire have been followed by the notorious villain, Count Olaf, who is trying to get his hands on the enormous fortune that the Baudelaire parents left behind when they died in a fire. The Baudelaire children have been with guardian after guardian but Count Olaf is always right behind them. And now, since guardians are obviously not working, the Baudelaires are going to boarding school. There they meet new friends, discover startling secrets about their parents, and discover that Count Olaf is disguised as the new gym teacher, with yet another scheme to steal their fortune. Will the Baudelaire children and their new friends be able to reveal Count Olaf's terrible plan, or will they end up in his clutches once and for all?