This novel is set in the Wyre Forest in western England. Young Matt's guardian is his spirited step sister, Caro. Her new position is in the unhappy home of proud Madame Ayre where Matt is drawn into relationships and events which are to change his life. A neglected but lovely rose garden is the symbol of the bitterness Madame inflicts upon those around her, especially her grown son, Theo, who was born with a deformed hand. Trevor has written a timeless book which speaks powerfully about forgiveness and strength in weakness and intertwines vivid characters with Christian truth. Ages 12-up.