This compelling re-creation of the Salem witch trials offers readers insights into this troubling time in our nation's history. Set in 1691, this book tells the fictional story of 12-year-old Mary, whose mother has been accused of witchcraft. Knowing that her mother has been falsely accused, Mary tries to save her from what seems like an inevitable death at the hands of their fellow townspeople. In the end, Mary is successful, and her mother is set free. Drawing information from court records and accounts from the time period, author Lasky constructs a story that presents a colorful picture of mass hysteria, fear and hope at a time when our country was in the first stages of struggling to its feet. Vivid and striking, this historical novel will have readers enthralled until the very last page.