The new original story by Scottish based writer/novelist, Ken Lussey, tells the story of three children enraptured by the history of their surroundings during an enforced seclusion away from the city whilst the Coronavirus pandemic takes hold.
The story starts in late March and ends by the first week of April - a short period of time but incorporates the children's Easter holidays. The three children - Kaleb, Jude and Quoia (short for Sequoia) - are moved from their home in Edinburgh to a relative's home not far from Stirling in the countryside, Aunt Fliss, faraway from the bustling throngs of the city to the quietness of the rural landscape.
The children naturally do not like the new surroundings, but whereas in other favourites of children literature, boredom can be avoided by the use of Wi-Fi to be entertained and a diligent aunt who would like to help the children appreciate the nature that surrounds them more. Fliss is an artist with commissions ongoing, and for one hour a day she asks her nephews and nieces to draw and reflect.
The children still love to explore, and with the ruins surrounding them of long ago Scottish kingdoms with castles ready to be explored so long as government guidelines allow them to be entered. The children explore through actual haunts such as Dunmore Park including the iconic Dunmore Pineapple as well as the aforementioned House with 46 Chimneys where the dramatic action in the final third of the book takes place.