Thirteen-year-old Lizzie Hood and best friend, Evie Verver are inseparable. Then one afternoon, Evie disappears, and as panic spreads through the balmy suburban community, everyone turns to Lizzie for answers. Compelled by curiosity, she takes up her own pursuit of the truth. Haunted by dreams of her lost friend Lizzie uncovers secret after secret and begins to wonder if she knew anything about her best friend at all.
The British empire was on the verge of revolution and at the centre of events are the Stuart sisters: Mary the Queen, and Anne the Queen-to-be, continually haunted by the memory of their father, James II, whom they have wronged.
Two strangers arrive at Hundred Acre Field and the rumour is that a large housing estate is to be built there. While the protests and public enquiry take place, the villagers have other cause for shaking their heads when Miss Jackson falls in love and Joseph Coggs takes flight from Tyler's Row.