In this third and last book in the Letzenstein Chronicles, Melisande, a London girl with booksellers' and actors' blood in her veins, often finds life dreary; her family struggles to run a carters' inn, "The Rose and Crown."
Then, in November 1849, Rafael le Marre of Letzenstein arrives, bringing Mel's lost cousin Toby with him. New friends and unexpected experiences swirl in Rafael's wake: among others, Melisande meets Catherine Ayre; and Charley the sweeper adds cockney mischief. Raf stirs up the trouble that is native to his frank character in whatever land he is in. But in this case it is Toby who creates the most breathless moments. Several necessary resolutions must occur before Raf and company may set out once again for beloved Letzenstein. Ages 9-up.