Genealogy enthusiast Suzie Fewings meets Prudence Clayson, an American who is in England researching her family tree. Suzie agrees to assist Prudence in tracing the background of her husband’s relative, a base (illegitimate) child born in the 1700s. At home, Suzie’s teenage daughter, Millie, is worried about her good friend Tamara, who is pregnant and has been missing for days—her mother and stepfather apparently unconcerned about the situation. At Millie’s insistence, the Fewings family delves into Tamara’s disappearance while trying to determine who could be the child’s father (Tamara has refused to reveal the father’s identity). When Millie receives a card from Tamara that contains a clue to where she may be hiding, the family sets out to find her, leading to tragedy. Genealogy buffs will appreciate the research techniques shared and the information about the plight of unwed mothers and illegitimate children in England in the 1700s that is woven through the story. --Sue OBrien
About the Author
Fay Sampson, three-time nominee for ""The Guardian"" Children's Fiction Prize, is the author of many books, including the Pangur Ban Celtic Fantasies ""Shape-Shifter,"" ""Pangur Ban the White Cat,"" ""Finnglas of the Horses,"" and ""Finnglas and the Stones of Choosing,""