Clemency is utterly penniless and entirely alone, until she's taken in by the marvellous Marvels - a madcap family completely unlike her own.
But it's a surprise to them all when she's mysteriously bundled from the house by the frightening Miss Clawe.
Concerned about her fate, the Marvels set out to find her.
Enlisting the help of some not-quite-genuine Red Indians, it's a calamitous race across the country.
But Clemency's misadventures are more dire than her rescuers suspect . . . will they reach her in time? A thrilling adventure mystery with skulduggery, magic, and dark family secrets.