It's 1952, and Janie Scott and her parents have moved to London from California. It's hard enough moving to a new place, but when that new place is the exact opposite of sunny Los Angeles, Janie is frustrated by everything. Things start to change when Janie goes with her father to visit the apothecary, think pharmacist, and he gives her a cure for homesickness.
She is soon swept up into a world of magical transformations and dangerous Russian spies. When the apothecary disappears, Janie and his son, Benjamin, travel across London and the freezing ocean to save themselves and the world.
Read Maile Meloy's first book for young adults and join the journey.