"After it happened they were sent away. So begins Kit Pearsons
new novel of mystery and family loyalty. It is 1932. Polly, almost
ten, and her older sister, Maud, travel by train and boat from
Winnipeg to an island between Vancouver and Victoria. There they
will live with their grandmother, who will be their guardian. Maud
will go to boarding school in Victoria, while Polly will live with
her grandmother and attend the small school on the island.
Their grandmother and other family members welcome the girls
warmly; new-school jitters give way to new friendships and even a
new puppy; and slowly Polly feels that she is becoming part of a
larger family she never knew until now.
But Polly and Maud have a dramatic secret, and they have
promised each other never to tell anyone. A surprise arrival on the
island, however, threatens Pollys newfound happiness and tests the
bonds of family love. Can Polly keep the secret and her new life on