And Then There Were None is a mystery/thriller novel written by Agatha Christie. It was first published under the title Ten Little Niggers. When first published in America in 1940, however, the title was changed to And Then There Were None, and later, every mention of "nigger" was changed to "Indian", as the word nigger was deemed too offensive.


Eight strangers are invited to a mansion on Soldier Island, which is off the coast of Devon, where they meet Mr and Mrs Owen's two servants . After arriving, they are informed that their hosts, a Mr. and Mrs. U.N. Owen (Ulick Norman and Una Nancy), where unavoidably delayed, but that their newly hired servants Thomas and Ethel Rogers will attend to the guests until the Owens arrive. Upon entering their rooms, each guest finds a framed copy of the nursery rhyme "Ten Little Soldiers," and Vera Claythorne finds a marble bear-shaped clock on her mantle under the rhyme. During dinner, the guests take notice of a centerpiece on the dining room table. The centerpiece has ten little china soldier figurines on it. After dinner, during coffee, an unwitting Mr Rogers switches on a gramophone record titled "Swan Song," that accuses each guest of murder. Then,the next morning/day, one of the guests: Anthony Marston dies by a potassium cyiande poisoning in his drink. One china figure disappears.