When sixteen-year-old Canny of the Pacific island, Southland, sets out on a trip with her stepbrother and his girlfriend, she finds herself drawn into enchanting Zarene Valley where the mysterious but dark seventeen-year-old Ghislain helps her to figure out her origins.
Winner NZ Post - Young Adult Fiction 2014.
Finalist: New Zealand Post Book Awards for Children & Young Adults 2014
"This book is finely wrought magic from start to finish. It has brains; it has heart; it has people to fear and to fall in low with; and it all takes place in a totally beguiling world full of natural beauties, glittering puzzles and earthy problems. It's a rich and satisfying read" - Margo Lanagan, author of Tender Morsels.
Elizabeth Knox has published several novels for adults and children, as well as autobiographical novellas. Her acclaimed adult novel The Vintner's Luck (1998) was shortlisted for the Orange Prize in 1999, and was made into a feature film in 2009. In 2008, her YA novel Dreamquake won a American Library Association's Michael L Printz Award for excellence in young adult literature. Elizabeth lives in Wellington, New Zealand.