Dr. Morriss Ferguson, a lowly Assistant Professor of Anthropology, is single, untenured, allergic to cats, always late to class, and hates to grade papers. His biggest problem, however, is the superstar of the department, Dr. Cecily Seck, who, having failed to add him to her long line of conquests, is determined to destroy him.

A famous Forensic Anthropologist who is always in the news when film stars or little children go missing, Dr. Seck can cut classes with impunity, bring her darling Tom Cat with her despite no-pet injunctions, and manipulate graduate students to accomplish her twisted goals.

Timid and antisocial, Dr. Ferguson is poorly equipped to counter the underhanded cunning of his nemesis. Each semester brings a battle of the bones over mystery and murder.