As her freshman classmates move into dorms at Cornell University, Olivia Somerset suffers a nervous breakdown.
Big sister Miranda decides the sisters should fly off to Barcelona for some "vacation therapy".
When a mistake at their Barcelona hostel leaves the Somersets in a large co-ed dorm room, Olivia and Miranda are saved by kindly Mr Brown and his son Greg.
But while Olivia feels an instant connection with brooding Greg Brown, Miranda sides with fellow guest and cocky American travel writer Lenny: The Browns are just plain weird, and must be avoided at all costs.
Inspired by E M Forster's classic novel "A Room with a View", debut author Hannah Sternberg's Queens of All the Earth is a poetic journey of young love and self-awakening set against the beauty of Catalonia.
Adults and teenagers alike will be riveted and moved by this literary coming-of-age novel about the conflicting hearts and minds of two very different sisters.