‘Ten-year old Nancy is safely ensconced in Chefoo School, China, where she boards with her younger brother; Elsbeth is their implacably confident teacher. When the Japanese invade in 1941 children and teachers are force- marched to an internment camp, their home till the end of the war. From the comfort and security of their private school to unimaginable deprivation, this engaging story is told through the voices of teacher and pupil, two characters you can’t help but love and hope they will survive till help eventually arrives.’ Mary Burnham, Dubray Dun Laoghaire War imprisoned them. Friendship set them free. ‘Moving and authentic’ Dinah Jefferies. ‘Vivid, heart-rending and so, so beautiful ‘ Jenny Ashcroft. ‘A beautiful, tender and fascinating story’ Sinead Moriarty. ‘moving and utterly unforgettable’ Catherine Ryan Howard. ‘Beautiful … warm, loveable characters who had me rooting for them all the way’ Tracy Rees. ‘An absolute treat’ Liz Nugent China, 1941. With Japan’s declaration of war on the Allies, Elspeth Kent’s future changes forever. When soldiers take control of the missionary school where she teaches, comfortable security is replaced by rationing, uncertainty and fear. Ten-year-old Nancy Plummer has always felt safe at Chefoo School. Now the enemy, separated indefinitely from anxious parents, the children must turn to their teachers – to Miss Kent and her new Girl Guide patrol especially – for help. But worse is to come when the pupils and teachers are sent to a distant internment camp. Unimaginable hardship, impossible choices and danger lie ahead. Inspired by true events, this is the unforgettable story of the life-changing bonds formed between a young girl and her teacher, in a remote corner of a terrible war.