It is 1918 and Grace Pike is eleven. A precocious outcast at
prestigious Victoria Street School in Harbour Grace, she is severely challenged
as a young adult reader. A difficult year of studies is made worse when her
mother, recent war widow, is faced with a proposition which could change the
future of both the family and the town they call home.
But when Grace encounters town visiting children at the
Fairy Ring, a magical cluster of trees on an abandoned farm, everything
changes. Now a star student, Grace must contend with the jealousy and feverish
smears of a community on the verge of irrevocable change, inflamed by the
building of an aerodrome for the pioneer flight of the Handley Page Atlantic in
What if her family’s newfound circumstances are too good to
be true, if she and her mother have somehow made a deal with the devil? Does
life rest on such mysterious fortunes? And for families and communities does
fortune favour the brave?