A tragic tale of young love lost...One summer's day in 1851, a seventeen-year-old Scottish girl, on holiday with her family in the German Rhineland, sets off with her sketchbook, and disappears - never to be seen again.
Eleven years later, a ruined turret near to the inn where Idilia and her parents had been staying is dismantled by local builders.
Among the rubble, they come across the bones of a young girl and then, when the coping of the tower wall is removed, a small, gilt-edged diary, wedged into a gap in the mortar.
Its tattered pages finally unravel the mystery of Idilia's disappearance - the story of an illicit love affair which, through a cruel twist of fate, had ended in tragedy.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 239 pages
- Publisher: Short Books Ltd
- Publication Date: 04/02/2010
- Category: Diaries, letters & journals
- ISBN: 9781906021818