Sybil is a girl on the cusp of womanhood, living in a difficult time for women, indeed a time of great change, and impending doom. It is the end of the nineteenth century, as Germany tries to make its mark on a world dominated by the old colonial powers. The great war looms on the horizon as technological advances allow the creation of bigger, better and nastier weapons. Sybil will have to make a choice, as she falls in love with a young German inventor and aristocrat.
The story opens with Sybil and her parents boating on Lake Constance, a large lake between Germany, Austria and Switzerland. They spot a boy in trouble in the water. Her mother, apparently, rather coldly suggests they leave the boy to his fate, but her father rescues him anyway. Sybil soon discovers a great family secret and the reason why her mother did not want the boy rescued. They are time travellers, and from an era far into the future. As time travellers they have to be conscious of every action they make, as there may be dire consequences. Such as rescuing a young German inventor who has the ability to build machines that could change the outcome of the First World War.
So begins Sybil's adventure and education, as she becomes aware of her parents secret and learns how to travel through time, and use an array of advanced devices.
The language and tone of this book were perfect for the story and the era it was set in. The author's power of description and natural feel for the past had me trapped inside the pages and the adventure.