For ten-year-old Sylvie Sambuck, Singapore seems a long way from the fighting of the Second World War. However the advancing Japanese army soon leads to a mass evacuation of the island but, as Sylvie's family begins to board their ship, there is no sign of Sylvie. Somehow, in the confusion, Sylvie finds refuge with her governess, Virginia Chen. But neither Virginia nor her family believe they will escape the Japanese internment camps, where Virginia may have to pay the ultimate price for Sylvie's survival.
Wendy Robertson grew up in the North of England and has worked as a teacher, then a lecturer, gaining a Master's degree whilst also writing a weekly column in the Northern Echo and novels for young adults. A full-time writer since 1989, she has also run a writing group and workshops for new writers, and has been a Writer in Residence at Long Newton Prison.