In a voice both urbane and awkward, sixteen-year-old Lelia steps back and forth between adulthood and adolescence as she tries to unravel the mystery of her older sister's suicide while accepting her own sexuality.
Educated and sheltered in Boston, Octavian has no idea that he and his mother are enslaved Africans, part of a social and scientific experiment, until the approaching Revolutionary War forces him to face the truth.
Glowing sea-coal, lavender mixed with the scent of turpentine, soft fingers, and bright green remind sixteen-year-old Meg of Edward as she struggles to expand her role as a woman and a writer in the restricted society of 17th century London.
Raised by a peasant, Bella grows up untrained in the courtly ways befitting her true origins. Nevertheless, armed with a magic ring and a pair of glass slippers, she manages to end a war and rescue her childhood companion.