Twelve-year-old Roo Fanshaw just wants to be left alone. That's how she got to be so good at hiding in the first place. Having grown up in a broken home, she can only find peace by hiding.
As hard as her life has been, Roo's world is turned upside down when her parents are murdered. With nowhere to go, Roo is sent to live with an eccentric uncle whose dismal mansion was once a hospital for terminally ill children.
Though she's an expert hider, even Roo can't escape the terrors lurking behind every corner of her gloomy new home. Piercing cries echo through the halls and unexplainable humming pours out from behind locked doors.
Who, or what, is making these noises? Is the house haunted? When she inquires about these oddities with her uncle's servants, she's told to mind her own business. What is everyone hiding? Roo needs answers. And it's going to take a lot of searching, and a lot of courage, to find out the truth.
With characteristics of gothic literature, mysteries, and ghost stories, this interesting, eloquent novel offers a powerful lesson about the redeeming values of friendship, love, and forgiveness.