This was the first Green Knowe novel I read, and it began a life-long love for Lucy M. Boston's series. Many people share it (there are actually annual pilgrimages to the real-life Fenland house)and hurrah for the publisher who brought it back into print. Tolly has returned to his grandmother and the mysterious Fen-land house, with its moat and clipped yew-trees, its statue of St. Christopher and its ghosts. This enchanted world, in which past and present mingle after one of his grandmother's stories, is under threat. It seems as if the only way they can raise money to save the house is to sell the painting of the three children who are Tolly's ghostly companions. But as Mrs. Oldknow tells Tolly more stories, each one linked to a piece of fabric on her patchwork quilt, another story, and new ghosts, emerge. This is the tale of blind Susan and the slave-boy Jacob, bought by her sea-faring father to be a companion. Each liberates the other from fear and ignorance, and when a gypsy's curse comes home to roost, Jacob saves Susan's life at tremendous risk to his own. The lost treasure of the past becomes Tolly's only hope for the future... Written in beautiful, deceptively simple prose this is a work of great passion - a passion for love, justice, imagination, kindness and beauty. The illustration, by Boston's son,are perfectly of a piece with it. It's a story that somehow takes you by surprise each time, and no child should be without it.