By Carolyn Todd
September 22, 2014 at 04:41 PM EDT

Author Daniel Handler—best known by his pen name, Lemony Snicket— has released a short video to tease his upcoming novel, We Are Pirates, hitting the shelves in February. 

In the video, Handler briefly explains the plot of We Are Pirates, a fantastical sounding story about two young girls who team up with a pair at an old age home to commandeer a boat in San Francisco. Handler says the adult novel is both funny and sad, because to him, “piracy is a sad story and a funny story.”

Handler is a prolific fiction author from the Bay Area himself, who wrote the wildly popular, darkly humorous A Series of Unfortunate Events young adult series under the pen name Lemony Snicket. His third book in a prequel series, “Shouldn’t You Be in School?” (All the Wrong Questions), was released on Friday.